FLL External Review Team Information
The members of the Fraternal Leadership & Learning (FLL) External Review Team are:
- Team Lead: Byron Hughes, Ph.D. Virginia Tech
- Jason Bergeron, Director of the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life, University of Houston
- Chris Graham, Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life, Florida State University
- Tabatha Sarco, Senior Director of Undergraduate Engagement, Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity
- Ayana Wilson, Director of Student Activities, American University
Byron Hughes, Ph.D.
Byron Hughes is Dean of Students at Virginia Tech. Prior to this role, he served as Director of Fraternity and Sorority life at Virginia Tech for several years overseeing a community of over 50 chapters with a population of approximately 6,000 students. As Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, he was responsible for providing overall leadership and supervision to advance the community with a focused emphasis on learning, leadership, and community engagement. He began his time at Virginia Tech in 2008 as Assistant Director of Student Conduct where he adjudicated student and organization violations; coordinated alcohol and other drug education sanctions in conjunction with the alcohol abuse prevention center; and oversaw case management for students involved in the Corps of Cadets. From 2002- 2008, Dr. Hughes served in Housing and Residence Life at Salisbury University with progressive responsibilities from hall director to Assistant Director for Operations and Judicial Management. He started his professional career in higher education in 2000 as Assistant Residence Hall Director at Ball State University.
Dr. Hughes received a B.A. in English Literature from Salisbury University in 2000. His M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education was received from Ball State University in 2002. In 2017, he received his Ph.D. in Higher Education from Virginia Tech. He is a member of Alpha Sigma Phi and has served as a national volunteer for nearly 15 years in a variety of roles as: chapter advisor; leadership program facilitator; and a member of its Board of Directors. Beyond his fraternity, Dr. Hughes has extensively volunteered his time with: Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA); Pi Kappa Phi; Sigma Phi Epsilon; and the North American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).
Jason currently serves as the Director of the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life at the University of Houston. In this role, he oversees the overall growth and development of the fraternity/sorority experience and manages the operations of the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life. Jason came to the University of Houston in 2009 from Michigan Technological University where he worked in Greek Life and Leadership Programs. At Houston, Jason established the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Life and has served as its first Director, centralizing and coordinating support and strategic direction for the fraternity/sorority experience at UH. Additionally, Jason assisted in coordinating the Division of Student Affairs first Assessment Committee and served as its chair from 2011-2013.
Jason has served multiple roles within the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) as a member and chair of the Assessment Committee and a member of the Perspectives Magazine Editorial Board. From 2012 to present, Jason has served on the AFA Board of Directors and served as the Secretary for the Association. Jason has also served as the Vice President for the Center for Fraternity & Sorority Research (CFSR) based out of Pennsylvania State University, a research collective designed to advance empirical research in the fraternity/sorority experience. Jason’s professional interests include assessment of student learning, overall institutional effectiveness, and high-impact practices. Jason has been a frequent writer and presenter surrounding the topics of assessment and effectiveness in fraternities and sororities. Jason holds a Bachelor of Science from Ohio Northern University, a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Kent State University, and is a Ph.D. student in the University of Houston’s College of Education. Jason’s current research focuses on the use of work products in the classroom as valid and reliable measures of student learning.
Chris Graham serves as the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at Florida State University. He received his Bachelor of Science from Winston-Salem State University and her Master of Science in Counseling, with an emphasis on student development in higher education. Chris has served at Florida State University for six years. In his role, he has led one of the largest fraternal communities in country. He has also served as a volunteer for a number of fraternity and sorority headquarters in a variety of capacities, including educational programs, curriculum development, organizational structure, and more. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors (AFA). He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Tabatha Sarco serves as the Senior Director of Undergraduate Engagement for Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity. She received her Bachelor of Science from Austin Peay State University and her Master of Arts in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University. After serving as a campus-based fraternity/sorority advisor for three years at the University of Lynchburg, Tabatha has been with the Fraternity for almost eight years in a variety of capacities, including educational programs, curriculum development, organizational conduct, and new chapter expansion. In her current role, she oversees 141 chapters and works directly with undergraduates to ensure they fulfill the mission, vision, and purpose of the Fraternity.
Ayana serves as the Director for the Center for Student Involvement at American University and brings over ten years of leadership experience in student organization management, fraternity and sorority life, staff development, and special project initiatives. She also brings extensive experience in strategic planning focused around the areas of inclusion, policy implementation, student retention, and graduation. Ayana has a passion for student success and believes in the power of fraternity. She has spent most of her career working with culturally based fraternal organizations to develop successful polices and programming to meet the needs of the community. Ayana also served on the Awards and Assessment Committee for AFLV, has previous experience serving on external review committees and extensive knowledge of fraternity and sorority life advisor trainings and support. Ayana has a M.Ed in Adult and Higher Education Administration from the University of Oklahoma, and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Tulsa and is currently an adjunct profession in the School of Public Affairs at American University. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated.