T. Brian Bunton (born 3 April 1979) is an Alumnus of Beta Kappa Chapter (BK 299) at Clemson University and Honorary Brother of the Zeta Xi Chapter (ΖΞ 183) at Coastal Carolina University. He served as Vice President of Chapter Development in the 50th Empowered Council.
Early Fraternity Life and Career
Brian enrolled at Clemson in Fall 1996 after graduating from Wren High School in Piedmont, SC. He was recruited to join Phi Sigma Pi within minutes of stepping on campus by his dorm RA and BK's Initiate Advisor, Austin Dantzler, and Austin's future wife Dawn Sarnowski. He was a member of the Zeta Class, at the time the largest BK class ever.
Collegiate Years at Beta Kappa Chapter
Days after Induction, Brian attended the 1997 Grand Chapter Conference with several other Brothers. The next year, he was the Chapter's Webmaster as well as the Chapter's Delegate to the 1998 Grand Chapter Conference. Brian served as Beta Kappa's Secretary in the 1998-1999 academic year. Brian helped create the popular Rate Your Professor web site, hosted by the Chapter. Brian was roommates with several BK Brothers: John Hausman, Matthew Nicoletta, Louis Damanti, and Paola Alboni.
Alumni Years to Present
Upon graduating from Clemson University in 2000, Brian enrolled in the PhD program in physics at Duke University. Brian received his degree in 2007 and is currently the Chair of the Department of Physics and Engineering Science at Coastal Carolina University, where he was Zeta Xi Chapter Adviser from 2011 to 2014 and is an Honorary Brother. In 2013, he became a member of the National Alumni Association and the Phi Sigma Pi Foundation. Brian was elected Vice President of Chapter Development at the 2014 National Convention. In 2015, Brian was awarded Beta Kappa's Chapter Service Key. Brian was also awarded Zeta Xi's Chapter Service Key at their Founders Day Dinner in 2017.
- 1997 Grand Chapter Conference - peanut
- 1998 Grand Chapter Conference - Beta Kappa Delegate
- 1999 Grand Chapter Conference - Beta Kappa Delegate
- 2013 National Convention - peanut
- 2014 Alumni Convention (Las Vegas, NV)
- 2014 National Convention - elected Vice President of Chapter Development
- 2015 Alumni Convention (Myrtle Beach, SC)
- 2015 National Convention
- 2016 National Convention
Bigs and Littles
Brian has 5 Little Brothers:
- 2015 Mid Atlantic Region Conference, Zeta Xi Chapter
- 2015 WICKED, West Region, Epsilon Omega Chapter
- 2016 Mid Atlantic Region Conference, Alpha Upsilon Chapter
- BS Physics, Clemson University (2000)
- MA Physics, Duke University (2003)
- PhD Physics, Duke University (2007)
Other Interesting Facts
- Brian is a die-hard Clemson fan, holding football season tickets since graduation. He has also attended several bowl games: the 1999 Peach Bowl, the 2008 Gator Bowl, and the 2017 National Championship game. He is an even bigger fan of baseball, both of Clemson and his adopted Chanticleers of CCU, attending the College World Series in 2016. In 2013, he was recognized as the CCU Student-Athlete Faculty Member of the Year.
- Brian served as CCU's Faculty Senate Chair from 2015 to 2017.
- Brian has served in the bridal party for several BK Brothers: Austin and Dawn Dantzler, Brian Eaddy, Brian Mock, and Jason Radecke.
|Vice President of Chapter Development|
David Serafini, Beta Phi