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Sean Wagner

Widener '02

Chief Executive Officer Designee & Chief Operating Officer

Email | 513-523-6345 Ext. 262 | LinkedIn | Twitter

Contact Sean For:

  • Strategy & Resource Management
  • Board Management & Program Planning
  • Litigation Management
  • Alternative Revenue Activities/Potential Partnerships

As Chief Operating Officer for both the Fraternity and Foundation, Sean is tasked with leading the daily operations and staff of each organization, ensuring their alignment and fulfillment of Phi Delta Theta’s strategic plan Phi Delt 2020 while determining and launching its next plan Phi Delt 2030. Other primary responsibilities include litigation, board  management, and alternative revenue activities.

Following a remarkable 44-year career, Robert A. Biggs will retire as executive vice president & CEO of Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity and president & CEO of the Phi Delta Theta Foundation on June 30, 2020. On October 1, 2018 the Fraternity’s governing board, the General Council, named Brother Wagner as Brother Biggs’ successor in both roles starting July 1, 2020. Mr. Wagner will become the Fraternity’s fifth executive vice president & CEO in its 170-year history.

A native of Philadelphia, Sean is a member of the Pennsylvania Mu Chapter and a graduate of Widener University where he studied communication, Brother Wagner holds a Master’s in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management from Northern Kentucky University (NKU), a Certificate in Executive Management from the University of Notre Dame, and is a Certified Association Executive as credentialed by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE).

A leader in his community and industry, Sean is a board member for the Go Norse Fund that supports NKU athletics and its student athletes. He is a former board president of the Inner City Tennis Project, a non-profit organization that teaches health and life lessons through the sport of tennis in Cincinnati. Sean formerly served as a member of the ASAE Membership Development Committee, chaired the Fraternity Executive Association’s Annual Meeting Planning Committee for alumni/engagement programming, and volunteered as a Chapter Advisory Board member for both the Pennsylvania Zeta (Penn) and Ohio Theta (Cincinnati) chapters.  He is also a graduate of Leadership 21, West Chester and Liberty (OH) Alliance’s development program for regional leaders and the Nonprofit Leadership Institute of Cincinnati’s EXCEL program.

Sean currently resides in Oxford with his wife Michelle, daughter Elise and dog Buddy. Sean enjoys live music, training for half marathons, and is an avid sports fan, especially when it comes to the “Trusting of the Process” of his hometown 76ers.

What Makes Phi Delta Theta Great?

When you join a Phi Delt chapter at your university you’re proud to be a Phi because of the brothers that recruited you into the chapter, what they represent and their reputation on campus. What most people don’t realize (at least right away) is why they should be proud to be a Phi beyond their campus. They, like the hundreds of thousands of other Phis before them, inherit an organization that has a strong reputation for bold leadership, innovative thinking and an experience that has truly made good men great. This experience allows men to exceed their individual potential and in turn enhance our great Fraternity.