Candidates

Candidate

Kyle C. Coleman

Declared for: National President

Personal Information

Residency:

West Columbia, South Carolina

Initiating Chapter:

Zeta Iota (Howard University)

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Leadership Roles Held:
  • Chapter Secretary
  • Fraternity Education Officer
  • Faculty Advisor
  • Collegiate Province Representative
  • Province Governor
Reason for Joining Sinfonia:

I always loved music but did not pursue musicianship until college. Howard’s marching band gave me access to Brothers, as the majority of Section Leaders were Sinfonians. With no previous experience with the Fraternity, I understood that Sinfonia was comprised of the best and most talented musicians. I was interested in developing my skills as a musician but didn’t believe I was qualified. It was a good friend and Brother who encouraged me and my love of music as the reason to seek membership.

Professional & Qualifying Information

Education:
Educational Institution Degree Area of Study Year Received
Baylor University Doctor of Education Education and Organizational Change scheduled: 2023
Winthrop University Master of Arts Arts Administration 2018
Alabama A&M University Bachelor of Science Graphic Design 2004
Current Employer:

Lake City ArtFields Collective

Current Job:

Fine Arts Manager

Weekly Employment Hours:

40 Hours per Week

Candidacy Information

Office Sought:

National President

Vision for Sinfonia:

It is clear to me that as an organization we have lost our way. If you were to ask 100 Brothers to define our purpose for being, you would receive 100 separate responses. Phi Mu Alpha must embrace and embody sincerity in all of our philosophies, goals, and structures. If the Fraternity relied upon its leadership and membership to move with true sincerity of purpose, we would find that all other obstacles are not insurmountable. That sincerity will manifest in the focus on the well-being of ALL of our Brothers and the facilitation of exalted experiences. My favorite fraternal quote incorporates the concept of “be and not seem”. Sinfonia must return to the embodiment of our ideals, rather than paying superficial lip service to the same.

Why Are You Running:

Candidly, Brothers, this is no longer a matter of personal wishes. The Fraternity is in the midst of an existential crisis and needs leadership to address the multiple concerns that threaten our organization. These concerns exist on nearly every level of the Fraternity and will require measured and experienced attention to ensure their resolution. For years, I had no driving interest in seeking a position on the National Executive Committee. I was content to be a helpful, guiding presence for the Brothers within my home state. Over the last several years, it’s become increasingly clear that I have the personal and professional tools to assist this Fraternity that I care for so deeply, on a National level. To be a proactive advocate in hea

Qualifications for Office:

I am uniquely qualified and positioned to assume the duties of National President. I served my undergraduate chapter as secretary and fraternity education officer. I was a multiple-term Collegiate Province Representative and delegate for Province 27 at the 2000 National Assembly. Since 2011, I have served as Governor in Province 30 and as a delegate to every National Assembly since. Professionally, I am an Arts Administrator with over a decade and a half of experience. My Master’s degree in Arts Administration is geared explicitly toward not-for-profit management. My forthcoming Doctorate is in Education and Organizational Change. My intent in embarking upon my professional and educational pathways was not necessarily to apply them to Sinfonia. However, I am fully prepared to serve the Fraternity by utilizing my accumulated experience and skills. Sinfonia requires leadership that is well-versed in not-for-profit organizational structure as well as in fraternal philosophies.

Do You Have Strategic/Financial Planning Oversight Experience:

Yes

Strategic/Financial Planning Experience:

Since my undergraduate days, I have participated in or facilitated both strategic planning and financial budgeting and oversight in each organization that I have been associated with, professionally. This includes the UNC Pembroke Digital Academy, the Education Department of the Columbia Museum of Art, the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Midlands, the Sumter County Gallery of Art, and the Lake City ArtFields Collective. In addition, I have served as Province Governor and Treasurer for Province 30 since 2011. In those positions, I have facilitated annual strategic planning sessions with Province Leadership and Province Council, as well as preparing and managing a Province Budget for our six active chapters, alumni association, and Brothers.

Do You Have Experience with Large Budgets:

Yes

Budgeting Experience:

The budgets of most of the aforementioned organizations: the Education Department of the Columbia Museum of Art, the Sumter County Gallery of Art, and the Lake City ArtFields Collective have exceeded six figures, respectively. While I have not been the final arbiter of any of the single budgets (in all cases, the organization leads collaborated on budgetary processes), I have planned, contributed to, and facilitated the specific budgets as part of a team of managers. In all cases, I personally had responsibility for sections of the overall budget(s) as applicable to my specific departments and duties. As mentioned, I also manage the Budget for Province 30 of Phi Mu Alpha.