Greek councils elect new leadership

PHC and IFC filled positions for the new executive board, who will transition in next month.

PHC President Kaela Juarez speaks to the Minnesota Daily on Friday, Nov. 17.

Ananya Mishra

PHC President Kaela Juarez speaks to the Minnesota Daily on Friday, Nov. 17.

by Kayla Song

The University of Minnesota’s Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council held their executive board elections on Nov. 12, bringing in a new president, vice president and six other members for each council. 

Kayla Juarez, Gamma Phi Beta member and neuroscience and English junior, will serve as president of PHC. Billy Langer, a member of Sigma Chi and finance junior, will be the president of IFC.

The new presidents will assume their roles Dec. 3, taking over from current IFC president Simon Beck and PHC president Molly Haeg.

Juarez, who is also an executive member of the College of Biological Sciences Student Board, was the vice president of member development for PHC last year. She hopes to bring some of her experience from that position to her new role as president. 

“I’m going to take this presidential position in the lens of member development because it’s one of those positions… that is so applicable to all sectors of the community,” Juarez said.

Langer was IFC’s vice president of recruitment last year and said his experience let him “work with many driven and accomplished individuals.”

Juarez said as president, she is planning more outreach, increased incorporation of personal and professional development in member education and the continuation of PHC’s financial transparency program.

“If there’s anything that I want anyone to take home from how I want to approach this position, it’s just that I want people to feel like they’re heard and that they’re cared about and that their experience matters,” Juarez said.

For Langer, his goals for the next year are to strengthen IFC partnerships with other chapters and student groups in sexual violence prevention efforts and to raise awareness about the issue.

“The incoming executive board leaves IFC in great hands, and I am excited to see all they will accomplish,” said former IFC president Simon Beck. “I have the utmost confidence in them to not just perform, but excel in their new roles.”

Molly Haeg, former PHC president and kinesiology and leadership senior, said she believes the responsibilities of PHC have been passed on to qualified individuals. Haeg said she is excited to see their plans come to fruition.