The Board of Directors of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. recently named Brother Eric Christopher Webb, DDiv., CPLC, the Fraternity’s new Director of Communications and Editor-of-The Sphinx. He assumed the role effective Wednesday, May 19.
Brother Webb, who is a 1989 Nu Chapter initiate, a Life Member of the Fraternity, and member of Rho Tau Lambda Chapter, is a 1991 English and Journalism graduate of Lincoln University, with numerous journalism awards and fellowships from Harvard University, Howard University, Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, the Freedom Forum, the Associated Press, the Scripps Howard Foundation, and the Investigative Reporters & Editors, Inc.
“Brother Webb’s journey has prepared him to take on the responsibility of leading the Communication Department,” said Brother Sean L. McCaskill, the Fraternity’s Interim Executive Director. “We know in Brother Webb we have a person who is accountable, a great listener, gives advice, can coach, teach, and believes very deeply that his staff are capable of excellence.”
Brother Webb, who is a seasoned communications strategist, award-winning journalist, empowerment strategist, and National Black Authors Tour bestselling author of five books, began at the General Office in September 2017 as the Assistant Director of Public Relations and Community Engagement as well as Managing Editor-of-The Sphinx. He later served as the Interim Director of Communications and Interim Editor-of-The Sphinx from November 2019 through July 2020, publishing two issues of The Sphinx magazine before returning to his previous role.
His prior work with The Sphinx notably also earned him two 2019 Fraternal Communications Association Awards (third place) for Writing – News Feature Article and (second place) for Story Packaging – Feature Article.
“It’s an honor to serve as the Fraternity’s Director of Communications as well as in the historic role of Editor of The Sphinx magazine – the nation’s second oldest continuously-published African American magazine,” said Brother Webb. “With General President Dr. Willis L. Lonzer’s vision, I hope to leverage all my abilities as a journalist and communicator to strengthen and elevate the brand of the Fraternity beyond the platforms we have been accustomed to even greater visibility and prominence.”
Prior to Brother Webb’s arrival at the General Office, he worked at his alma mater, Lincoln University, as its Director of Communications and Public Relations as well as Editor-in-Chief of its university magazine, The Lincoln Lion. Over the years, he has served as a former Communications Manager for Advocacy at the American Heart Association, both a Washington News Correspondent and a “Letter from Washington” columnist for Thomson Newspapers, the founder and publisher of SOULS magazine, as well as the nationally syndicated “Soul Searching” columnist.
In addition, he wrote for numerous other newspapers and contributed to several journals, anthologies, and magazines, as well as taught English and journalism at The Graduate School, USA, Prince George’s Community College, Temple University PASCEP, the Alternative Learning Institute and continues to serve as a panelist, guest speaker, and lecturer at other schools, institutions, and conferences.