Philadelphia, PA – November 1, 2016 – Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated has announced that Spencer Tyrone Bruce has been named Interim Executive Director, effective November 1, 2016.
According to Grand Polemarch (CEO) Thomas L. Battles, Jr., Spencer Bruce, former Deputy Executive Director of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity will lead the fraternity into its 83rd Grand Chapter Meeting and Conclave to be held July 18-22, 2017, in Orlando, Florida. Battles thanked Executive Director Ernest Brown for his service. Bruce will assume his position Tuesday, November 2, 2016.
Spencer Bruce is a native of Tallahassee, Florida, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree from Florida A&M University. He has also completed additional studies at the University of Central Michigan. Brother Bruce was initiated into Florida A&M University’s Alpha Xi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., in May 1977 and graduated in 1980 as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
After eight years active duty he transferred to the Army Reserve and into corporate America where he served in leadership positions in the foodservice arena with Proctor & Gamble, Pepsi and Shoney’s and completed the remainder of his 21 years of military service, retiring at the rank of Major.
In August 1998, Bruce became the first Chief of Staff for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He has been a Life Member of the fraternity since 1981 and is a Life Member of the Southern Province of the fraternity. He has held various offices in several chapters to include charter member of the Abington-Ambler (PA) Alumni Chapter and the Johannesburg-Pretoria-Cape Town Alumni Chapter in South Africa. He also served as the Assistant General Manager for Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation, Inc., President Emeritus of the AME Union Federal Credit Union and sits on several other boards.
Major (Ret.) Spencer T. Bruce is the immediate past Deputy Executive Director of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the Chief of Staff for its International Headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the only person to have served in this position. He was responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of the headquarters and a staff of twelve (12) including two executives. Additionally, he assisted the Executive Director with the implementation of all initiatives of the fraternity, and with the management of an annual operating budget of 2+ million dollars and an active membership of 24,000 and over 700 chapters throughout the United States and abroad. Spencer was employed at the International Headquarters for 16+ years and has subsequently served as an entrepreneur consultant.
We welcome Brother Bruce back to IHQ and look forward to a new beginning and a prosperous future.
Yours in the Bond,
Thomas L. Battles, Jr.
The 2016 Northern Province C. Rodger Wilson Leadership Conference was sponsored by the Ann Arbor-Ypsilanti-Inkster Alumni, Delta Nu, and Sigma Chapters on October 7-8, 2016 in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, MI.
On Friday, the event started with dinner and a town hall with the current and past Province Polemarchs. Province Polemarch Kevin Kyles shared our 33rd Grand Polemarch’s vision and key initiatives. Team building activities and discussions were led by CRWLC Chairman Gregory S. Thomas.
On Saturday, brothers attended various leadership development workshops in the following areas: Operational Leadership, Personal Finance – Credit, Branding, and Leadership in a Digital Age. In addition, brothers received training and certification in the MTA Program. Senior Province Polemarch Michael Kinloch presented information on chapter program documentation. Brother Maurice S. Henderson presented the workshop on Operational Leadership along with co-presenter Brother Christopher Griffey (Delta Pi).
Brothers were excited about the presence of Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles. Polemarch Battles provided an extensive update on the status of the Fraternity and key initiatives that are in progress. His leadership and genuine sense of brotherhood resonated during his presentation to the brothers in attendance.
The entire conference was informational and inspirational. Great job and congratulations to Conference Chairman Brother Phil Anderson was coordinated a fabulous event.
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Once again we pause to pay special attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We join with our Silhouettes and members of the sororities of the “Divine Nine” as we continue to recognize the effects of breast cancer on thousands of women (and men). We remember relatives and friends whose lives were ended because of this disease, and empathize with those who are survivors, as they continue their journey with various treatment and levels of remission. We honor those who offer active support to breast cancer survivors, and those who consistently ask God’s intercession in the lives of those affected by this disease and their families.
As we participate in activities during this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let us continue to recognize that the need for support continues throughout the year, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity should always remain in the forefront of prayer warriors and proactive participants in meeting the needs of our people, wherever they are and whatever their circumstances.
Be a part of a support group that gives comfort to those who are affected physically and emotionally by the effects of breast cancer. Remind them that cancer is not necessarily the end of life, but another thing that God allows to happen in our lives. Remind them that God has caused many cancer victims to be in permanent submission, and enabled many more to live active, productive lives. We can learn more about this as we read the literature on breast cancer, and share the literature with our families and friends.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. announces the launch of, “Learn 2 Live,” a collaborative effort with the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) to formally address one of the most critical issues affecting people of color in the United States. Incidents of racial profiling, a lack of comprehensive policies, a lack of trust and legitimacy within the community, and the increasing frequency of tragic outcomes between law enforcement and persons of color have produced an environment of anger and frustration. As the trust gap and sense of civility between police and community widens, so does the need for information, education, and instruction to current and future generations of young persons of color (who stand in harms way) to decrease hostile encounters and most importantly, preserve lives.
The “Learn 2 Live” initiative will provide grass roots training that yields successful encounters between citizens and law enforcement officials. The initiative offers structured workshop settings that provide productive discussion and training forums to understand, enlighten and cultivate positive thinking and appropriate action. Each forum will feature NOBLE’s recently developed curriculum, “The Law & Your Community.” The forums will conclude with an interactive police panel discussion comprised of local law enforcement personnel.
The “Learn 2 Live” initiative will feature a series of community forums nationwide, now through December 2016. The program’s initial 10 sites will target major cities such as: New York City, New York; Chicago, Illinois; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Atlanta, Georgia; Los Angeles, California; Dallas, Texas; Wilmington, Delaware and Washington, D.C. The first two forums are currently scheduled for Hartford, Connecticut and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Join local school, law enforcement and political officials. Be among the students and community persons who gather in your respective cities to hear and engage in productive conversations that save lives and facilitates better police and community relations.
“Learn 2 Live” will provide persons:
- Increased awareness on law enforcement and community policing;
- Statistical perspective of persons of color and the legal system;
- Factual understanding of legal rights;
- Practical strategies and tools to utilize when dealing with police; and
- Opportunity for more desirable outcomes when encountering law enforcement officials.
The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE) serves as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to Justice by Action. NOBLE has nearly 60 chapters and represents over 4,000 members worldwide that represent chief executive officers and command-level law enforcement officials from federal, state, county, municipal law enforcement agencies, and criminal justice practitioners.
The mission of the organization is, “To ensure EQUITY IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE in the provision of public service to all communities, and to serve as the conscience of law enforcement by being committed to JUSTICE BY ACTION.”
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., whose fundamental purpose is, “Achievement in every field of human endeavor,” is comprised of more than 150,000 members and over 700 functioning Undergraduate and Alumni Chapters on major campuses and in cities throughout the world with an extensive existing population base of persons of color. The fraternity operates approximately 450 “Guide Right;” national youth-based program locations in accordance with our national motto, “Training for Leadership.”