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This month, outgoing President John Quirk is turning over leadership of Gamma Chapter to junior finance major, Grant Harrell. Grant is an Atlanta native who is eager “reverse [the Greek “bad guy”] culture, and when someone on campus realizes that one of us is a KA, I want them to see a well-rounded student and, more importantly, a gentleman.”

Tell us about yourself.

I’m a junior finance major from Atlanta, Ga. I am in the UGA finance society, and I am also very involved in the Terry College of Business at Georgia.

Why did you join KA?

I really did not know much about KA before coming to UGA. My dad wasn’t a KA or anything; I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. After I met a lot of the older guys and really enjoyed hanging out with them, I could see myself in their shoes. It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made.

Why did you decide to run for president of Gamma Chapter?

I decided to run because I wanted to give back to something that has given me so much. The friends I have made through KA will be my friends for the rest of my life, and I just feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to lead such a great group of men.

What are your goals as president in 2016?

I would really like to get everyone, from freshmen to seniors, more involved in the decision-making process of the fraternity. There are a lot of things in which I think everyone, not just the executive board, should have a voice. By doing this, I think everyone will become much more active in the fraternity as a whole.

What challenges do you face and how do you plan to overcome them?

One of the biggest challenges I think that the whole fraternity system as a whole faces is the changing culture around campuses and the idea that fraternities are the “bad guys” on campus. I want to help try and reverse this culture, and when someone on campus realizes that one of us is a KA, I want them to see a well-rounded student and, more importantly, a gentleman.

What is your advice to incoming pledges and future generations of KAs at UGA?

I would advise incoming pledges to just simply have an open mind coming into college. I learned more about myself and about life in general during pledgeship then I ever imagined I could, and the lessons I learned are still paying dividends for me even three years later.

In what ways has alumni participation influenced the active chapter, in your opinion.

I think alumni are invaluable to KA. They are really the living proof that being a KA doesn’t just last the four or five years you are in college, but the friends we make and lessons learned during our time here follow us for the rest of our lives. Alumni really are role models for us.

Why would you encourage more alumni to become involved with the chapter during your presidency?

We really look up to older alumni, and a lot of us view these older guys as mentors. With more alumni involvement, the more relationships we can build that we can carry with us after we graduate into the real world.

What are your plans/goals for after graduation?

I plan to graduate next spring with a degree in finance, and I am looking to start a career in wealth management or investment banking.

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