Kappa Alpha Theta Announces New CEO
We are pleased to announce that Jennifer (Jenni) Broughton Schmaltz, Gamma/Butler, has been chosen to lead Kappa Alpha Theta as chief executive officer (CEO), following the 2022 Grand Convention.
Jenni has spent more than 15 years of her professional career on Theta staff, starting with her position as an educational leadership consultant (ELC) in July 2005. Following her time as an ELC, Jenni was hired as assistant director of college services where she oversaw the entirety of the ELC program, participated in the establishment and installation of 20 college chapters, and served as liaison to the membership committee. After her nine-year tenure as an assistant director, Jenni rose to the position of chief operating officer (COO) in 2014, a position in which she currently serves Theta and will continue to hold as she transitions to the CEO role in 2022. As COO, Jenni has successfully led Theta through two strategic plans; serves as a member of the enterprise risk management (ERM) committee to identify potential threats and trends that could impact the future of Kappa Alpha Theta; and assists in overseeing the planning, implementation, and evaluation of effective college chapter support and member services programs.
Theta’s current CEO, Betsy Sierk Corridan, Beta Omicron/Iowa, has led the Fraternity since being named executive director in 1997, then CEO in 2015. Fraternity President Mandy Wushinske reflected on the planning and selection processes: “The personnel committee has been planning for the transition of CEO leadership for many years. Through the interview process it was clear that Jenni has the talent, vision, and passion to lead Kappa Alpha Theta in a way that is consistent with the excellence that has been evident throughout Betsy’s tenure as executive director and CEO. We are eagerly looking forward to a smooth transition and to officially welcome Jenni to this role.”