Keith Ellis


Keith Ellis has been recognized nationally for his efforts in hazing prevention, risk management education and leading change in fraternity and sorority communities across the Southeastern United States. Keith brings passion to the topic of prevention education and community change and has led workshops for students and professionals at numerous regional and national conferences. In 2010 Keith was added to the faculty of the Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention where he engages participants in conversations of partnership, policy, research and applying prevention science to the topic of hazing. In 2012 Keith organized a conversation that engaged Campus Fraternity Advisors and IFC Presidents from Southeastern Conference schools with National Fraternity Executives in discussion about fraternity risk management. Keith is committed to the creation of environments where students, faculty and staff can come together in partnership and shared responsibility.

Keith graduated from the University of Memphis in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and received his Master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas before moving to the University of Kentucky to be the Assistant Director of Student Involvement from 2005-2008. Keith became the Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Kentucky in 2008 where he worked directly with the fraternity and sorority community to create change and advance the fraternal movement. In 2010, Keith assumed responsibility for the Students of Concern and Behavior Intervention Team at the University of Kentucky, advancing the work of student safety across many platforms including Mental Health, Physical Safety and Student Conduct. In 2011 Keith moved on to become the Associate Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at the University of South Carolina where he was responsible for the on-going risk reduction education of fraternities and sororities and challenged the community to uphold their fraternal values during a period of crisis that received national attention. In 2013, Keith became the Director of Residence Life at the University of South Carolina integrating the work of student leadership, student conduct, residential education, behavior intervention, crisis management, prevention education, Title IX and staff development. Keith continues to stay connected to the fraternity world as chapter advisor and mentor committee chairman to the South Carolina Alpha chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Keith is pursuing the complete of the writing of his doctoral dissertation focusing on legal issues and hazing in Educational Policy Evaluation from the University of Kentucky.

2011 Southeastern Inter-Fraternity Conference Advisor of the Year
2010-2011 University of Kentucky Zumwinkle Student Rights Advocate of the Year
2011-2012 Lambda Chi Alpha Greek Advisor of the Year
2014 New Staff Member of the Year (Mid to Senior Level), University of South Carolina
2014 District 8 Sigma Phi Epsilon Volunteer of the Year

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