The Panhellenic Council elected Amanda Saper, current president of Alpha Delta Pi, as its president for the 2016-17 year. Saper is a junior studying political science.
Delegates of the 21 Panhellenic sororities and the three associate chapters met Monday evening to elect Saper and other members of the next Panhellenic executive board, including executive vice president, vice president of standards, and vice president of membership. This was the first round of elections that continued throughout the week.
“Running for Panhellenic President has been a dream of mine since freshman year,” Saper said. “After almost a full term as chapter president for Alpha Delta Pi, I realized there was still so much more I wanted to do for Greek life at Penn State. It didn’t feel like it should be the end of my involvement. I felt that I could take my knowledge as a chapter president and my passion for Panhellenic to the next level.”
Saper will finish her term as president of Alpha Delta Pi at the end of the semester and transition into her new role as Panhellenic president on December 6. Although her term does not begin for nearly a month, she is optimistic about the changes she can make in her new position.
“I really want to work on unifying all the chapters of Panhellenic. I believe that our greatest potential lies in our coming together and operating as a group. I want to ensure that we are empowering our women to the upmost of our abilities,” Saper said. “I would like to see to it that all of our programming and other events on campus are celebrating how successful and ambitious our women truly are.”
Saper said she feels honored by her nomination and the support she found from the Greek community. She’s excited to give back to the people who believed in her and her ability to lead.
“I came to Penn State from Chicago, not knowing a single person. Nearly three years later, I have the support of so many people,” Saper said. “It feels great to know that other people believe in my dreams and passion for leadership. The Panhellenic community has had a strong impact on the person I am today. I am beyond grateful that I get to serve as the Panhellenic President and give back to an organization that is truly remarkable.”