Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life names interim leader

Anna Jankord will replace Matt Levine as Program Director of the U’s greek life community.

Isabella Murray

The University of Minnesota’s greek life office is under new leadership.
 
 
In a recent shift in the University’s greek life administration, former student activities employee Anna Jankord has replaced outgoing director Matt Levine. 
 
 
After serving as the program director for the Office of Fraternity and Sorority life for four years, Levine said he has moved into a role working with assessment and benchmarking for the Office for Student Affairs.
 
 
Jankord will be the interim replacement while the Office for Fraternity and Sorority life launches a national search for a permanent replacement. She took over the role in November. 
 
 
As a University of Minnesota graduate and former Gamma Phi Beta sorority leader, Jankord fit the criteria to fill the interim position, said Vice Provost for Student Affairs and overseer of Fraternity and Sorority life Lamar Hylton.  
 
 
Additionally, Jankord worked for the sorority on a national level, creating new chapters across the country.  
 
 
“We’re looking for someone who … has experience advising greek chapters and that has probably worked for a greek life office,” Hylton said.  
 
 
Jankord said she will not be making any major changes from Levine’s leadership, adding that her position isn’t permanent, so her main priority is to keep the greek community confident in its direction.
 
 
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life hopes to have the position filled by the middle of the summer. 
 
 
Since Levine started as Program Director in 2012, he said the greek community has grown from around 1,800 students to almost 3,400 students. Levine also worked with the community to add two permanent governing councils with the addition of the National Pan-Hellenic Council — whose chartering ceremony is this semester — and the Multicultural Greek Council.
 
 
“We have accomplished a great deal since my arrival,” Levine said, as he also oversaw the successes of a greater focus on bystander intervention training and mental health and sexual assault awareness. 
 
 
Jankord said she isn’t worried about filling Levine’s shoes. Since she began the new position, she said she’s remained focused on the well-being of the students in the greek community and on moving forward with current policies.
 
 
“I like working with college students because … they have such a potential to impact the community, and they also impact me to see things differently,” Jankord said.