TAMPA – It is no surprise Collis H. Ivery III was elected as Polemarch (president) of the Tampa Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. without opposition. Leading is something that has come naturally for the former military now Spoto High School mathematics instructor.
Ivery and the new officers were installed at the monthly business meeting June 26 as the chapter begins preparation for the organization’s 86th Grand Board Meeting (national convention) which is coming to Tampa in the summer of 2023.
Along with Ivery, other officers elected were Fred Dudley (Vice Polemarch), Collis Ivery IV (Keeper of Records), Frank McLendon (Assistant Keeper of Records), Marcus Sloan (Keeper of Exchequer/treasurer), Fred Robinson (Assistant Keeper of Exchequer), Darrell X. Johnson (Strategus), Ariel Moise (Lieutenant Strategus), Rick Brown (Reporter), Morris Kilpatrick (Historian) and Albert Coleman (Chair of Membership Training Academy).
The chapter also elected members to its board of directors: Bianco Berry, Tim Holleman, Reginald Linebarger and Clinton Paris. Outgoing Polemarch Roland Daniels will be the fifth member of the board.
Whether it’s teaching students calculus or leading a chapter project, leading has been a staple of Ivery’s life.
Ivery was initiated into Kappa in 1978 at the Beta Zeta Chapter at Alabama State University, where he held positions as the Keeper of Records and Polemarch while earning his Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics in 1980. He also was awarded the Guy Levis Grant Award, the highest award bestowed among undergraduate members of Kappa Alpha Psi, given to collegiate members who demonstrate scholarship, community leadership, and meritorious achievement in school, as well as in the local community or region.
He was also named Polemarch of the Fort Walton Beach Alumni Chapter and have held office in stops with the San Antonio Alumni Chapter and Alexander-Fairfax (Va.) Alumni Chapter.He has served the last two years as Vice Polemarch with Tampa Alumni. While serving in the United States Air Force, Ivery III rose to Lt. Colonel and also earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institution of Technology. Later, he earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Dayton. Ivery and his wife of 39 years Rhonda have two adult children, Collis Ivery IV and Jasmyne.
By: Rick Brown, Reporter
Tampa Alumni Chapter