Panhel president resigns, takes leave of absence for semester

Panhellenic Association President Izzy Griffith stepped down from her position, according to an email sent to sorority delegates and chapter presidents last week.

Griffith said she is taking a leave of absence from GW for the remainder of the fall semester. She said coming to the decision was “incredibly hard” and that she is “grateful” for the support she has received from the Panhel community.

“Being Panhellenic President has been a true honor and getting to know you all and your chapters has been one of my fondest memories here,” Griffith said in the email, which was obtained by The Hatchet. “I am incredibly proud to call myself a member of the GWU Panhellenic community not only because of the caliber of women, but the deep and close friendships I have found.”

Griffith asked Panhel members to give their “support and understanding” to the Panhel executive board while leadership transitions.

“I know that this community will continue to be inclusive, thoughtful and innovative members of the GWU campus,” she said.

Griffith did not return requests for comment.

Sarah Sem, the former Panhel executive vice president who assumed Griffith’s post, said Griffith announced to the Panhel executive board last Monday that she would step down. Sem said she was voted in as Panhel’s new president last Tuesday.

She said Griffith’s resignation is related to “ongoing” health issues.

“I, along with the rest of the Panhellenic Executive Board, was saddened to learn we would not be able to serve out the rest of our terms with Izzy,” Sem said in an email. “As we continue to work to serve the Panhellenic and FSL community, our thoughts are with her.”

Members of the Panhel executive board did not return requests for comment.

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