Jun. 10—University of Colorado Interfraternity Council on the Hill Greek Advocate Marc Stine will transition out of his role as the face of CU Boulder's non-campus-affiliated fraternities after 17 years on the job.
Stine has been the IFC advocate since it began in 2005, after 12 fraternities split from CU Boulder over disagreements about reforms in the wake of freshman pledge Gordie Bailey's 2004 hazing death.
IFC on the Hill now represents 22 fraternities, and membership has grown from 800 students when it began to nearly 2,100 students this year.
Stine will be succeeded by Michael Smith, who previously served as president of IFC on the Hill's alumni association and was an advisor to Boulder IFC fraternity chapters and pro bono legal counsel for the organization.
Smith is a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, which does not have a chapter at CU Boulder, and graduated from the University of Denver and Harvard Law School.
"I believe the undergraduates have done a remarkable job over the years and I want to support the continuation of that superb performance," Smith said. "I've been involved with the fraternity community in Boulder since 1986 and the IFC on the Hill is probably the single best thing to ever happen to the fraternity community in Boulder."
Stine will transition to "Greek Advocate Emeritus" starting July 1, though he will continue to handle some duties over the next several years before handing the reins fully over to Smith.
Part of what motivated his decision to retire, Stine said, was when he stopped commuting from his home in Parker to Boulder two or three times a week during the pandemic and realized how much he disliked the drive.
"The other is that the organization is healthy and I think it's time for some fresh eyes to come in to advise them and maybe move to the next level with growth — more fraternities and more fraternity men," Stine said. "I think next level also means renewing our relationship with the city, fire department and police department, which is really important to us."
Smith also added he wanted to continue those partnerships.
Stine said he has long enjoyed working with college-aged students and staying in touch with graduates who are applying the values they learned in Greek Life to their real lives. But the thing he's proudest of, Stine said, are the very basic lessons passed on to thousands of students.
"The most important thing I have done in the last 17 years with fraternities in Boulder is to teach and reteach and reteach the lesson of 'Call 911,'" Stine said. "We do that in our training sessions, leadership sessions, with (chapter) presidents. Our kids are not afraid to call 911, and they don't even wait."