The Alpha Omega

Graduate Association

The Alpha Omega Graduate Association, Inc. owns and manages the maintenance, renovations, and finances associated with the chapter house located at 20 South College Street in Athens, Ohio. The House Corporation Board of Trustees is made up of graduate members of the Alpha Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta who serve staggered two year terms. All Board Members are volunteers who serve without compensation. The Board meets via teleconference approximately ten times during the year, and in person once each during the fall semester and spring semester (Annual Meeting). Board Meetings are open to all undergraduates and graduates, as well as to invited guests.

Executive Board


John D. Ziza ’78


Jason D. Phillips ’95


Christopher K. Skully ’94


Timothy Davis ‘90


George J. “Chip”Eschenfelder, IV ’90


Thomas H. Harwood ’68

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AOGA Past Presidents

Phi Gamma Delta at Ohio University, Inc.
Robert L. Repp ‘GR 1965 – 1966
Delta Colony of Athens, Ohio, Inc.
James L. Shufelt ‘GR 1966 – 1967
Robert L. Repp ‘GR   1967 – 1972
David F. Slater ’67 1972 – 1975
The Alpha Omega Graduate Association, Inc.
Ronald A. Sages ’73 1975 – 1977
David F. Slater ’67 1977 – 1997
Christopher J. Ferguson ‘89 1997 – 2001
David F. Slater ’67 2001 – 2005
John A. Cassese ’76 2005 – 2007
Jerry A. Winkler ’90   2007  – 2009
Ronald A. Sages ’73 2009 – 2011
John D. Ziza ’78 2011 –

Purple Legionnaire


Erik S. Hildebrand

The Purple Legionnaire is the principal graduate brother responsible for advising a chapter.

Erik S. Hildebrand (Bowling Green ’05) earned his bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green University in Sports Administration, and his master’s degree, also in Sports Administration, from Gonzaga University in 2008. Erik serves as the Associate Athletic Director of Compliance and Student Services for the Ohio University Bobcat Athletics. In his current capacity, Hildebrand serves as a liaison between the NCAA/Mid-American Conference and the University’s coaches to ensure each of the department’s 16 varsity sports and staff members are operating within the guidelines set forth by the NCAA.

In addition, Hildebrand oversees National Letters of Intent and NCAA waivers to ensure each of its student-athletes are eligible for competition.

Prior to Gonzaga, Erik worked in guest services for the Cleveland Indians, of Major League Baseball, for the 2006 campaign and was a student intern for the office of Student Athlete Services from 2003-2005 at Bowling Green State University.

Faculty Advisor and House Director


Jesse Wanzo Neader

Jesse Wanzo Neader is beginning his second year as an Administrator at Ohio University. He currently serves as the Coordinator of Student Organizations within the Campus Involvement Center. As the Coordinator of Student Organizations, Neader provides strategic oversight for registered student organizations through facilitation of the annual registration process, organizing the annual campus involvement fairs, and by ensuring that organization leaders, members, and advisors are knowledgeable of and adhering to university guidelines. Before working with student organizations at Ohio University, Neader attended Ohio University and participated in numerous student organizations. From 2010-2011 he served Student Senate President.

Neader, a native of Marietta, Ohio, graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Communication in 2011 and earned a master’s degree in Communication from the University of Maine in 2013. Neader currently resides in Athens, and serves as the House Director for the Alpha Omega chapter of Phi Gamma Delta at 20 South College Street. Jesse is a member of the Alpha Omega Delta Colony Alpha Class and has been initiated as a Graduate Colony Brother in Phi Gamma Delta.


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