Drew Springer Sr. (’66) wasn’t a member of a fraternity when he was a student at the University of North Texas. It wasn’t until his sons, Mark and Drew Jr. (’88), now a Texas State Representative from Muenster, joined Sigma Phi Epsilon at UNT that he began to truly appreciate the merits of Greek life.
“When I left North Texas, I bet I didn’t know four kids, but when Drew and Mark graduated, they knew everybody,” Springer said, laughing.
Springer and his wife, Linda, a Chi Omega sorority alumna from Texas Tech University, recently donated $100,000 toward the naming of the rotunda in UNT’s new Greek Life Center. The rotunda will feature plaques honoring 100 years of Greek affiliation that started with Linda’s grandparents at the University of Colorado and continued through the Springers’ own children.
“I think honoring my family members is just wonderful,” he said. “I hope when students come to the rotunda, they see where they can start their own legacy.”
Springer came to UNT from Weatherford College, where a diagnosis of color blindness had put an end to his career in chemistry. His college counselor suggested he go into accounting because of his love for math, and the only place to go for a great accounting school was North Texas State University, now UNT, Springer said.
He recalls the hands-on learning and mentoring he received from faculty members including accounting professors Horace Brock and Hershel M. Anderson and marketing professor Martin Rooney. The skills he gained at UNT helped him forge a successful career in corporate accounting for eight years and wealth management for 40 years with Springer Financial Services.
“One of the lesson I learned at North Texas is if someone is twice as smart as I am, then I’m going to work three times as hard as that person to get ahead,” Springer said.
Springer’s tenacity and business acumen has also benefited the national organization of his wife’s sorority, Chi Omega. He works with the Chi Omega Foundation, as well as on the UNT Foundation Board of Directors, and helps manage investments and funding. It’s all part of the Springers’ overall commitment to supporting Greek life.
“Greeks are generally loyal to their alma mater, they participate in what’s happening on campus, they become good alumni, and many of them become very successful and give back to UNT by attending athletic events and through charitable giving,” he said. “I’ve always thought that a good school has to have a strong Greek presence, so that’s what I liked about UNT’s Greek Life Center — it provides a great location where all the fraternities and sororities can gather and connect with each other. I hope it will help more students get interested in Greek life and have a place where they can see what it’s about.”
Even though Springer didn’t pledge a fraternity as a student, Sigma Phi Epsilon initiated Springer earlier this year.
“Going through initiation gave me even more insight into Greek life,” he said. “It was a big honor, and very moving.”
Above, the UNT Greek Life Center.