INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Jonathan Pierce has been awarded “The Order of the Lion,” the highest honor to be presented to an alumnus of Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi). The award was voted on by representatives of each of the fraternity’s nearly 190 chapters and other volunteer alumni at the fraternity’s 103rd annual convention earlier this year. AEPi is the world’s only Jewish social fraternity.
The Order of the Lion is presented to an alumnus for service to the fraternity over a long span of years. Of the more than 102,000 men who have been initiated into AEPi, only 57 have received this honor.
Pierce, a 1986 graduate of Vanderbilt University, received his master’s degree in business administration from The Ohio State University in 1990. He served the fraternity as supreme master (international president) from 2001 to 2003. He is the president and founder of Pierce Communications, a Capital Region public relations, public affairs and crisis communications firm. He is one of only a few accredited public relations professionals in the Capital Region and has twice been awarded presidential citations from the Public Relations Society of America for his contributions to the profession in this region. He has served as an adjunct professor in public relations at the University at Albany, Russell Sage College, The College of Saint Rose and Southwestern Vermont University. In 2009, Pierce was named the Outstanding Public Relations Practitioner by the Capital Region chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. He continues to volunteer his time to AEPi as a member of the fraternity’s fiscal control board and a board member of the fraternity’s housing corporation. Although all chapters have their own individual advisors, he is an unofficial advisor to the three chapters in this area, at Union College, University at Albany and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also serve as AEPi’s international media spokesperson.
“Jon is an outstanding example of the values of our fraternity and dedication to our mission of developing leadership for the Jewish community,” said Andy Borans, AEPi’s executive director. “Presenting him with the Order of the Lion is a fitting tribute to his tireless commitment to our fraternity and our community.”
He will be presented with The Order of the Lion at a testimonial dinner.
Pierce lives in Menands with his wife, Lisa Proskin, and they are congregants of both the Ohav Shalom and Beth Emeth synagogues in Albany. They have three children, one of whom is also a brother of AEPi.