CLEMSON — Junior mechanical engineering major JD Norris has been elected to the position of national undergraduate chairman of Kappa Alpha Order. Norris, a native of Detroit, Michigan, will attend the fraternity’s executive council meetings and serve in a critical capacity throughout the calendar year alongside vice chairman Winston Gammon of Mercer University.

Clemson junior JD Norris, national undergraduate chairman for Kappa Alpha Order, pictured with his father, brother and grandfather

JD Norris (right), a junior at Clemson, was elected national undergraduate chairman of Kappa Alpha Order for 2018. His (L-R) father, brother and grandfather are all KA members as well.
Image Credit: Norris Family

“This is the highest office an undergraduate can hold within Kappa Alpha Order,” said Gary Wiser, a KA alumnus (Middle Tennessee State University) and director of Clemson’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. “His position is special because he has been elected by the chapter presidents of KA to serve as the voice of the undergraduates over the next year.”

Norris has deeply rooted family connections to KA. His grandfather, William E. Dreyer, was the fraternity’s national president — better known as Knight Commander — from 2011 to 2015. His grandfather, father and twin brother were all members of KA at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri, where his twin brother is currently serving as its chapter president.

“KA is a brotherhood,” said Norris, who served as the chapter’s ritualist as a sophomore. “I came from a good distance north and didn’t know anyone or anything at Clemson. It helped me get acclimated and find so many of my good friends now. It’s as core to my Clemson experience as getting my degree, especially considering the amount of time I’ve given to KA. It’s been a great experience and I’d recommend more people do it.”

Norris is the third KA from Clemson to serve as national undergraduate chairman, joining Ben Satcher (1981) and Rick O’Connor (1991). Satcher served on KA’s educational foundation board together with Dreyer and preceded him as Knight Commander in 2003–07. He has known Norris for many years and currently serves as the chapter’s alumni adviser and is also part of Clemson’s Fraternity and Sorority Life Advisory Board.

“JD is a young man who’s a natural leader,” said Satcher, a 1982 Clemson graduate. “In this position, the board will look to him for advice on a number of issues, such as policies and procedures, governing bylaws, dues and risk management. His thoughts and ideas are a valuable part of the deliberations that occur.”