Gentry McCreary, Ph.D.
Dr. Gentry McCreary’s unique experiences as both a scholar and practitioner allow him to serve as a valuable resource for campuses and inter/national fraternal organizations grappling with hazing, risk management and substance abuse problems. He has worked for over fourteen years in higher education in the areas of Title IX, student conduct and fraternity/sorority life and has devoted a significant amount of scholarly attention to hazing, brotherhood, sisterhood and moral development. His award-winning research examines the relationships between hazing and moral development, and he is a frequently sought-out expert on hazing prevention.
In his Investigator capacity, Gentry is the former Associate Dean of Students/Deputy Title IX Coordinator and an Adjunct Professor of College Student Affairs Administration at the University of West Florida. Prior to that, he served for nearly five years as the Director of Greek Affairs at the University of Alabama during a time in which that fraternity/sorority community became the largest in the United States. He received a B.S. degree from the University of Tennessee, a M.Ed. from the University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama. Gentry is a 2016 recipient of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors Sue Kraft Fussell Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. McCreary has conducted Title IX investigations on multiple campuses, trained Title IX investigators on multiple campuses, and has presented on the topic of investigations at several national conferences. He is nationally recognized as an expert in conducting organizational investigations, particularly investigations involving fraternities and sororities. He is on the Title IX faculty for the Gehring Academy for Student Conduct Administration, as well as the AFA/ASCA Title IX and Fraternal Conduct Institute.
Gentry speaks with students on a variety of topics, including:
- The psychology of hazing
- Ethical leadership
- The meaning of brotherhood/sisterhood
In addition to working with students, Gentry is available for consultations related to:
- Campus-wide hazing prevention strategy
- Hazing prevention training for athletics staff/coaches
- Hazing policy development/review
- Hazing investigation protocol development and investigator training
- Social event policy development/review and risk management
- Substance abuse prevention in fraternities/sororities
External Hazing Investigation Support Available from TNG
Organizational hazing investigations are complicated. They are often filled with lies, half-truths, and misinformation. Cutting through the veil of silence and secrecy can often be difficult, but it is not impossible. It requires knowledgeable, skilled investigators who understand the unique nuances of hazing and the variety of ways that student groups will collude and obfuscate in order to hide the truth.
In the last three years, NCHERM Group affiliated consultant Dr. Gentry McCreary has trained hazing investigators for nearly 50 college and university campuses. In addition to providing investigator training, Dr. McCreary is also available to conduct external hazing investigations for your most difficult hazing cases. Dr. McCreary brings over 12 years of experience in working with fraternity and sorority communities (including previously serving as Director of Fraternity/Sorority Affairs at both Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Alabama). His award-winning research examines the motivational factors behind fraternity hazing and he has conducted hazing investigations for both campus and organizational clients. Simply put, there is no one in the higher education industry with a better understanding of hazing culture in fraternities and sororities or more adept at investigating these cases than Dr. McCreary.
“TNG and Dr. McCreary provided the highest level of professional support during a critical moment at our university. I was very impressed with Dr. McCreary’s experience in Greek Life and his commitment to advancing shared fraternal values. His respectful, educational approach in working with the professional staff and students created an environment that allowed us to address tough issues and raise the bar for our Greek system, while successfully investigating a very difficult hazing case. He is a higher education professional devoted to fostering a student -entered educational environment, and when it comes to investigating hazing, he really knows what he is doing.” – Dr. Laura Boren, Vice President of Student Affairs, Tarleton State University
“My colleagues and I attended an NCHERM Group Hazing Investigator Training with Dr. Gentry McCreary and it was worth every penny! Bringing our co-workers from Fraternity & Sorority Life was highly beneficial for our Conduct/Greek Life partnership. As a direct result of the training, we are establishing a new Investigation Policy and Procedure and are working on incorporating new material in our New Member Educator training. Gentry understands the psychology of hazing in a way that makes the investigative process simple and easy to understand. We learned so much from attending his hazing investigator training.” – Abbe Erle, Assistant Director of Student Conduct, Emerson University