To show our appreciation, we’re recognizing a number of dedicated SigEp volunteers who give their time to support our chapters and mentor our undergraduate brothers. We’re grateful for the commitment of each of SigEp’s more than 3,000 volunteers.
Brian Tenclinger was initiated as a Renaissance brother by the Louisiana Beta Chapter and has volunteered for SigEp for over a decade. Currently district governor for Indiana and western Ohio, Brother Tenclinger draws on his extensive experience in Greek life, nonprofit leadership and higher education to serve SigEp chapters and volunteers throughout the Midwest.
Why do you volunteer?
As a lifelong educator, SigEp’s values and emphasis on building better men strikes a chord with me. It’s easy for me to invest in a Fraternity who is constantly assessing the climate of higher education and ensuring that our undergraduates, alumni, and volunteers have the tools to be successful. As a Renaissance brother, I also made a commitment that I would uphold the teachings and Cardinal Principles of SigEp. I can use my ability to look at things theoretically, while also focusing on directing and motivating to be Virtuous; utilize my passion for knowledge and understanding to be Diligent, and utilize my strengths in relationship- and rapport-building to uphold Brotherly Love. Volunteering for SigEp has never been taxing for me — it’s simply the right thing to do.
How has serving as a SigEp volunteer impacted your life?
I have gained more personally and professionally than I have invested. From a business perspective, that’s a terrific return on investment. I have also been extremely fortunate to have been behind-the-scenes with the Tragos Quest to Greece program nearly since its inception. I’ve traveled as a Mentor in 2001, 2013, 2016 and 2018 and take that role to heart — mentor. I have always tried to live an authentic life, but struggled to put into words what that means. Standing with my SigEp brothers in Delphi, Greece and seeing the inscription “know thyself” carved in the rock where the Temple to Apollo used to stand brought it all together for me. My journey to “know thyself” has included vulnerability, trial and error and finding a support network of those who share in my values and beliefs. Almost all of those who have a seat at my personal board of directors are my SigEp brothers, both undergraduates and alumni. At the end of the day, I am invested in an organization that allows me to be an authentic leader but always a lifelong learner.