Mar 25, 2024

Encouraging Student Engagement and Leadership in Higher Education

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Encouraging Student Engagement and Leadership in Higher Education

Meet Tony Trimpe, Butler ’20, a dedicated professional working in the field of student affairs. He has demonstrated his commitment to this field through his work in graduate school and as a young professional, where he has been devoted to serving college students by creating co-curricular programs and fostering engagement.

During his time at Ohio University, while studying for his graduate degree, Tony worked for the office of community engagement and off-campus living. In his role, he led the service learning team, organizing weekly service projects for students to get involved in. His work helped meet the community’s needs while teaching students how to engage with their community. Additionally, he was a member of the executive team for the Student Personnel Association, contributing to creating engaging events and supporting his fellow students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

After graduation, Tony became the Assistant Director for Student Life at Florida Tech University, where he advised various student organizations, including Order of Omega, It’s on Us, the Campus Activity Board, Rainbow Alliance, and the Student Government Association. His leadership was recognized at the 2022 Greek Life Awards, and he was nominated for the Student Life Advisor of the Year award for his work with the Student Government Association. These accolades reflect his tireless efforts in building up these student organizations, helping them overcome internal challenges, and developing their members into better leaders.

What is your most memorable experience or moment from Phi Delta Theta? 

My favorite memories and moments from Phi Delta Theta always stem from homecoming. This was a time when the brotherhood was at its strongest. Our chapter’s involvement in campus programming was the highest; our bonding and camaraderie were unparalleled, and spirits were strong around the house. You could feel the leadership and strength of these men everywhere around campus and I am so proud of how each one of my brothers would come together to celebrate our chapter and university.

Who from your chapter inspired you? Have you ever told them that? 

In one way or another, I have always been inspired by each and every person in my chapter. But one brother in particular stands out from Indiana Gamma, Drew Horn. Drew taught me to appreciate and love myself and live authentically in every space. As I think about the person who has always been kind, caring, and intentional with his actions—Drew has always been my inspiration. I am so thankful for his continued friendship, mentoring, and dedication to the chapter.  

What accomplishments or career milestones are you most proud of, and how do you attribute them to your experience? 

I was an active and involved person in college and always found a way to expand my experience beyond the classroom. Whether it was leadership within my chapter or another opportunity around campus, my chapter was my support system through it all. From that, I found my love for higher education and the co-curricular college experience. As a college administrator, I get the opportunity to help college students learn, grow, and develop. Being able to bring my experiences into my career helps me imagine the life my current students are living. It helps me provide support and guidance during some of the most difficult parts of human development. 

Do you feel that Phi Delta Theta made a difference in your life 

I attribute my career path and passion for college student development and leadership education to my experience in Phi Delt. While I was a college student, my chapter showed me so much love and gave me the confidence to pursue my passion. As a helping professional, I get the opportunity to give back the same support to my students and colleagues.  

Do you have any advice for current students? 

Do not be afraid to live your life authentically and intentionally. 

Tony brings such enthusiasm and dedication to the field of student affairs and getting involved in his community. He constantly looks for ways to get involved in his work and community. He’s focused on developing future servant leaders. He truly provides such a positive impact on those around him and within his field. I wholeheartedly believe he should be considered to be included in Phi Delt’s 30 under 30 list. Anthony (Tony) Trimpe has dedicated his professional and personal life to student success as a higher education professional. Having a passion for service-learning among college students has led to many successes from when he served as an assistant director at Florida Tech University and now at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Tony has a strong work ethic that leads to strong, efficient results that benefit both campus and local communities. He is and will continue to be a leader in college student development for the civic good. 

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