National Phi Kappa Tau honors two from RIT
RIT alumnus Gary Proud ’67 (accounting) and former RIT provost Stanley
McKenzie have become the first two members of the local Gamma Nu chapter inducted into the Phi Kappa Tau National Fraternity Hall of Fame.
“When I helped start the fraternity as a business freshman in ’62, I never thought I’d get to this point,” says Proud. “It is quite an honor to be recognized by the national fraternity.”
In 1962, Proud was one of the founders of Kappa Phi Omega, which was chartered as the local Gamma Nu chapter of Phi Kappa Tau in 1966. He served as chapter president for two terms and as treasurer and sergeant-at-arms. He went on to be elected to the Monroe County Legislature, where he served from 1971 to 1976, and the New York State Assembly, where he was a member from 1976 to 1990. He also held positions as Monroe County Legislature clerk and Monroe County traffic safety coordinator before retiring in 1995.
An RIT faculty member and administrator for 41 years, McKenzie stepped down as provost July 1, 2008, and returned to the classroom to teach literature. During his RIT career, McKenzie also served as director of judicial affairs, acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts and assistant to the vice president for student affairs/judicial affairs.
Gary Proud '67
“Among the many pleasures of my years at RIT has been the ongoing work with the brothers of the Gamma Nu chapter of Phi Tau,” McKenzie says.
Adds Gary Gasper ’93 (hospitality and service management), director of RIT student union dining services and former chapter adviser: “This recognition is truly a fitting tribute to two fraternity brothers who have given a great deal of personal time and resources to our chapter over the past 40 years. All brothers of our chapter give thanks to Stan and Gary for their student-centeredness. There is no doubt that they have had a wonderful impact on all the young men in Phi Kappa Tau.”
The induction ceremony took place Aug. 9 in Lexington, Ky.