Advocate of Greek communities serves as international president
As an 11-year-old delivering TV Guide in Baldwin City, Jim Selzer looked forward to a certain stop on his route: the Delta Tau Delta fraternity house.
“I was always impressed when three or four guys made a point to take the time to talk to me because I did not merit that kind of attention,” Selzer said. “I am sure they had much better things to do than visit with me.”
The hospitality shown by the Greek members made a lasting impact on Selzer, who a few years later became an active member of Delta Tau Delta at Baker. A longtime advocate for the Greek community since graduating in 1970, Selzer was elected last summer to a two-year term as international president of Delta Tau Delta. The values-driven fraternity, which has 120 chapters, celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2008 with approximately 110,000 living alumni members.
“The primary function of fraternities is to try to motivate young men to make wise decisions throughout their life,” Selzer said. “Delta Tau Delta prides itself on its values and most fraternities operate on the same principles. The goal is to give young men the tools to be better men, better fathers, better husbands and better supporters of the charities.”
In October, Selzer was honored at the Collins House for his contributions to Delta Tau Delta and his new role as president. Current members of Delta Tau Delta presented him a plaque.
“I reconnected with a lot of good friends and learned more about the current members,” said Selzer, who is a lawyer with Stinson, Morrison, Hecker LLP in Kansas City, where his practice focuses on corporate finance and securities. “A fraternity lends itself to long-term relationships.”
A lot of those relationships are fostered at STAG dinners during Alumni Weekend in May. Selzer hopes Greek members appreciate the annual event.
“Most undergraduates believe similar things happen across the country, but that is not always the case,” Selzer said. “STAG creates a tremendous opportunity for people to maintain connections and is unique to Baker.”