Effective August 6, 2013, Deborah J. Vargo joined Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity's professional staff as general counsel and executive team member.
Previously, Vargo served as vice president and associate general counsel for Western & Southern Financial Group (W&SFG) based in Cincinnati until her retirement in 2012.
"Deb's vast experience and knowledge of the legal and insurance industries will be a tremendous asset to our organization," said Bill Farkas, CEO of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. "With the increased volume and complexity of legal and harm reduction matters, having a general counsel on staff will help us make better decisions to ensure the long-term welfare of our organization."
Vargo joined The Lafayette Life Insurance Co. in 1986 as home office attorney and worked her way up to senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary before the company was acquired by W&SFG in 2005. In her position, she was responsible for legal affairs, compliance, claims, human resources, corporate governance/board secretary, facilities, and numerous committees. She has also served in leadership positions in legal and insurance industry groups and non-profit organizations.
In her new position, Vargo's primary duties include serving as the chief liaison to the James R. Favor Insurance Agency, overseeing the fraternity's claims and litigation, and as the person most knowledgeable in depositions. She also will be in charge of reviewing university relationship statements, surveys, contracts, and North-American Interfraternity Conference documents as well as membership eligibility issues as needed, and overseeing all legal issues related to Lambda Chi Alpha trademarks and vendor licensing.
Vargo earned her law degree from University of Akron School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. She earned a bachelor's degree in secondary education, English, and speech from the University of Akron, graduating summa cum laude. She was named both Outstanding Senior Woman and Outstanding Greek Woman.
She is an alumnae member of the Sigma chapter of Theta Phi Alpha Sorority, where as an undergraduate she served as the chapter president and as president of the University of Akron chapter of Rho Lambda, a national sorority honorary. As an alumnae member, she served as chairman of the chapter's board of directors in addition to serving as a board member of the House Corporation. She also served as the vice president of the sorority's Akron Area Alumnae Association. On the national level, Vargo was chosen as a chapter consultant, chairman of Constitution and Bylaws, and parliamentarian.
About Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity is one of the largest men's general fraternities in North Americawith more than 275,000 initiated members and has held chapters at more than 300 universities. In the early 1970s, it was the first fraternity to eliminate pledging and remains a leader in the fight against hazing, alcohol abuse, and other challenges facing today's college student. Lambda Chi Alpha serves to complement higher education by providing opportunities for academic achievement, leadership development, and lifelong friendships. To learn more about Lambda Chi Alpha and its traditions, principles, and ideals, please visit www.lambdachi.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LambdaChi or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LambdaChiAlpha.