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Staff Information

Meet the Fraternity & Sorority Life Staff

Sarah Jane Franciscus, Director

The Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life is responsible for

  • Supervising Fraternity and Sorority Life Office staff
  • Department strategic planning and assessment
  • Advising Panhellenic Council (including council officers, Pi Chis, recruitment, presidents, advisors, and consultants)
  • Risk management (committee, education, issues)
  • Greek Leadership & Education Series - Greek Leadership Institute
  • Alumni & Parent Relations
  • Liason for Residence Life and Greek Housing
  • Managing annual fraternity and sorority scholarships

Sarah joined the College of Charleston staff in August 2013 from Duke University where she served two years as the Program Coordinator in the Office of Fratenity & Sorority Life working closely with the Panhellenic Association and developing leadership programming for all fraternity and sorority members.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Science in Education from Indiana University.  While in graduate school Sarah held an assistantship at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and prior to working at Duke University she served as the Coordinator of Greek Life & Campus Progams at Spring Hill College.  She loves spending time with students and getting the opportunity to assist them in taking full advantage of what fraternity & sorority life has to offer.

Carson Lance, Assistant Director 

The Assistant Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life is responsible for
  • Advising IFC (including council officers, recruitment/intake processes, presidents, advisors, and consultants);
  • Risk Management and Other Trainings
  • Greek Leadership and Education Series - New Member Conferences
  • Greek Peer Facilitators
  • Liaison for Student Life initiatives and programs
  • Supervising Student Staff
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life Office Public Relations and Marketing
  • Technology
  • Advises Order of Omega honor society

Carson came to Charleston from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts where he served as the Assistant Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life.  In that role, he advised the Interfraternity (IFC) and National Pan-Hellenic (NPHC) Councils, oversaw risk reduction and hazing prevention efforts, created leadership development programs, and planned community-wide events.  Carson holds a bachelor's degree from Ball State University and completed his master's degree in College Student Personnel at Bowling Green State University.  He is originally from the Southern Indiana/Kentucky area.

Deronda Washington, Coordinator

The Coordinator of Fraternity & Sorority Life is responsible for
  • Advising NPHC (including council officers, recruitment/intake processes, presidents, advisors, and consultants)
  • Works with culturally based fraternities and sororities
  • Fraternity and Sorority Community Programming
  • Greek Leadership and Education Series - Greek Leadership Institute and Greek Emerging Leaders
  • Borelli Awards
  • Coordinates with the Higdon Student Leadership Center on large scale leadership initiatives
  • Advises Rho Lambda honor society for sorority women

Previously, Deronda Washington served as a Business Instructor at Education Cooperation of America Colleges of Charleston for six years. She received the 2013 Professor of the Year as well as the 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award, which is the highest award that is awarded to a Faculty member at the college. She earned a BS in Business Administration from Winthrop University and her MBA from Webster University.

Deronda enjoys giving back to her community by helping those who are in need. Her passion lies with youth, the elderly and those of different cultural backgrounds. She has served on many community, non-profit and school boards making decisions to better health care, education and community resources for the elderly and youth. She is a past member of the YWCA of Greater Charleston. She goes throughout the tri-county area giving etiquette and self-esteem workshops to young girls.