From its inception, Iota Phi Theta has always recognized the need for strong, effective leadership at every level of the organization. Iota Phi Theta's national governing body is The Grand Council.
The Grand Council is responsible for the governance of the fraternity between National Conclaves, which occur biennially. There are two nationally-elected officers to the council and the remainder are appointed (except Regional Polarises, which are elected by their respective regions.)
The Fraternity also has a Board of Directors which consists of elected members from each region as well as Executive Members, who are individuals who have previously served in the capacity of either Grand or Grand Vice Polaris.
The nationally-elected officers of the Grand Council are the Grand Polaris and the Grand Vice-Polaris.
BRO. JERRY O. PITTMAN, GRAND POLARIS
Bro. Jerry Pittman is the Founder and Executive Director of Progressive Horizons, Inc., a non-profit organization providing community-based living for individuals with developmental disabilities.
A 1975 Graduate (B.A. Education) of Morgan State University, Bro.
Pittman received his M.A. in Special Education in 1979. He was
initiated into Iota Phi Theta at Alpha Chapter (Morgan State
University) in 1973.
BRO. RONDALL JAMES, GRAND VICE-POLARIS
Bro. Rondall James is a Senior Art Instructor with the Virginia Department of Correctional Education.
A 1977 Graduate of Virginia State University, (B.S. Fine Arts
Education), Bro. James also holds a Multi-Endorsement in Special
Education from the University of Virginia. He was intitiated into Iota
Phi Theta at Eta chapter (Virginia State University) in 1974.
The appointed members of the Grand Council are:
The fraternity is divided into six regions, each of which is administered by a Regional Polaris. Each Regional Polaris is elected by his respective region. The Regional Polarises are also members of The Grand Council.
Midwest Regional Polaris: Bro. Karl Price, Esq.
Initiated at Alpha Omicron Chapter (Kentucky State University) , Spring, 1981
New England Regional Polaris: Bro. Gary Fisher
Initiated at Chi Chapter (University of Massachusetts) , Spring 1976
Northeast Regional Polaris: Bro. Richard Gilbert
Initiated at Alpha Phi Chapter (New York Institute of Technology) , Spring, 1983
Mid-Atlantic Regional Polaris: Bro. Nate Williams
Initiated at Alpha Iota Chapter (Wilberforce University) , Spring, 1979
West Coast Regional Polaris: Bro. Cecil Bienvenu, III
Initiated at Iota Chapter (Elizabeth City State University) , Fall, 1978