Tim Whaley

Tim Whaley

Timothy Wade Whaley was initiated into the Gamma Xi Chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity in the Spring of 1984.  He was an active member all four years that he attended East Central University.  He was a leader from the beginning.  Brother Whaley held a variety of offices while he was an active member including Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President and President.  He served as Membership Orientation Officer as well.  Brother Whaley also served as the ECU IFC Vice-President and All Greek President.

A Gamma Xi Phi Tau Brother was tragically killed in an automobile accident in 1985. Brother Whaley and several other Phi Taus banded together, along with the Brother’s family, and created the Robert D. Coleman Memorial Scholarship honoring the legacy of his lost friend and Brother.  The scholarship has been given each and every semester since 1986 to a member of the Gamma Xi Resident Council that best exemplifies the attributes of Brotherhood.  Brother Whaley has faithfully donated to the scholarship fund.  The Coleman Scholarship became endowed through the East Central University Foundation in 2015.

Brother Whaley exemplifies the qualities of Learning, Leading and Serving.  He holds both a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree.  He has completed some post-Master’s work as well.  He has taught college classes, workshops and performed seminars for the Chapter Risk Management program. As a leader, Brother Whaley is inclusive and listens to all points of view.  He fosters discussion and does not try to dominate the course of action.  He brings people together in constructive ways and facilitates positive interactions and solutions.  He handles conflict fairly and effectively.  He is detail oriented and has a 30 year track record of accomplishing positive results for the Gamma Xi Chapter of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.  Brother Whaley’s desire to share his leadership skills with his Chapter did not end once he graduated from ECU.  He continued with service to his chapter by holding executive offices on the graduate council and by serving the alumni club.  His career has also been one of service to others.  He has been a social worker, director of a social services agency and is presently a school teacher and coach.  He has participated in numerous hours of community service and has supported a number of charities financially. He has served as an OSSAA Basketball Official and Football Official.  He has been selected to officiate multiple high school state championship football games.  He is a lifelong member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Brother Whaley has been a member of the Graduate Council in good standing since 1988.  He has attended numerous Founders’ Day celebrations and Homecoming events even though he has lived out of state much of the time since his graduation.  Brother Whaley has served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President and President of the Graduate Council.  He was the President of the Gamma Xi Graduate Council that planned the 40th anniversary celebration and hosted past National Presidents John M. Green and Greg Hollen for the event.  Brother Whaley served on the Graduate Council that created and implemented a series of Administrative Excellence and Resident Council Compliance Training Seminars.  He, as an Internationally Certified Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselor, donated time to the Resident Council in providing Risk Management Seminars.  Brother Whaley was invited to be an attendee representing the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity at the East Central University Foundation, Inc. Annual Meeting in 2015, which designated the ROBERT D. COLEMAN JR. CENTENNIAL MEMORIAL ENDOWMENT (PHI KAPPA TAU FRATERNITY) as a recognized scholarship at East Central University. Brother Whaley, at the Gamma Xi 50th Anniversary Celebration, was awarded the Phi Award by Phi Kappa Tau Chief Executive Officer Tim Hudson.  The Phi Award is given by the National Fraternity to an alumnus for outstanding service to his own chapter.  Brother Whaley is a Charter Member of the Order of Phi, the only alumni club in Oklahoma.  He attended the Charter Presentation conducted by National President Tyler Wash, Dr. Wes Fugate and Cole Yearwood. and has contributed articles to the Order of Phi Star, the alumni club newsletter.  Brother Whaley took a road trip to Oxford, Ohio with other alumni club members that toured the Executive Offices, graciously hosted by Foundation Director Brian Browne, on the campus of Miami University.  Brother Whaley published an interactive account, in real time, of the road trip to Oxford on the Gamma Xi Facebook site; which chronicled the trip and documented National Fraternity History for Brothers who were unable to attend the trip in person.