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Greek life staffers: Underpaid, overworked heroes

A must-read article in the Chronicle of Higher Education with spot-on analysis by Gentry McCreary of Dyad.


A lot of the good ones leave fraternity and sorority life for greener pastures,” [G] McCreary said. “A lot of people do what I did and look around and realize: Hey, I’m killing myself for nothing. The university isn’t staffing this office the way it needs to be staffed.”

The data support McCreary’s claims. Of 61 different heads of divisions and departments surveyed by the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources in 2014, chief campus Greek-life administrators had the lowest median pay, at $56,045. The next-lowest median pay belonged to the chief campus bookstore administrator, at $63,000.

According to a survey conducted by the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisers in the spring of 2016, 57 percent of Greek-life staff had zero to five years of experience, compared with 15 to 20 percent for student-affairs professionals on the whole. The survey also found the average age of campus Greek-life staff members was 32, with the most common age being 27. Lynda Wiley, executive director of the association, said that while a new survey is planned for this year, she hasn’t noticed any trends that will make the results “dramatically different.”


By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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