On an enchanting spring evening while overlooking Spanish-moss laden oak trees and blooming azaleas from the 15th floor ballroom of the Hilton Savannah Desoto, the Archons of Alpha Lambda Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc. held a banquet to celebrate the induction of Dr. Randy Gunter and Dr. Bobby Wayne Jones into the fraternity. The April 15, 2016 celebration was attended by the members of the local boule, their spouses and sweethearts as well as distinguished guests, Past Grand Sire Archon Cornell Leverette Moore of Omicron Boulé, Minneapolis, St. Paul, MN and Archon Maurice Barksdale of Delta Mu Boulé, Arlington, TX. A master harpist provided soothing dinner music as the fraternal family welcomed the new members and shared their first meal together.
Newly inducted Archon Randy Gunter is a retired university administrator who positively influenced the lives of students at Clark Atlanta University and Savannah State University as the Vice President of Student Affairs at both universities and at Georgia Southern University where he served as Dean of Students. Archon Gunter is a Deacon of First African Baptist Church in Statesboro, GA and is active in several local organizations, including The Frogs Club, Inc., Bulloch County Branch of the NAACP, King Tisdale Cottage Foundation, Lucy C. Laney Alumni Association and the National Association of Black Social Workers. He received an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Central College, a Masters of Social Work from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Clark Atlanta University. He is married to Anne Harris Gunter.
Archon Bobby Wayne Jones is the Lead Physician for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Savannah, GA. Dr. Jones previously served as Command Surgeon for the US Army installations at Rock Island, IL and Forrest Park, GA. He is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., an associate minister at Tremont Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Savannah and a Director of several Savannah organizations including the St. Joseph’s/Candler African-American Health Center and the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation. Archon Jones is a Fellow with the American College of Physicians and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas, the Masters of Ministry from Covington Theological Seminary and his MD from the University of Arkansas. Dr. Jones is married to Corine Ackerson Jones.
Established in 1904, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity is considered by many as the most prestigious organization of African American men in the world. The national fraternity is known as the Grand Boule and individual members are called “Archons.” In addition to sponsoring high quality social activities for the Archons and their families and friends, the Fraternity provides college scholarships through the Boule Foundation, and is involved in numerous social action projects. Alpha Lambda Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity was chartered in 1963.