Soror Sandra K. Horton, immediate past Southern Regional Director, is a proud member of Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter. Elected during the 45th Regional Conference in Kissimmee, Florida, Horton had the distinction of leading the largest of the seven regions with more than 211 alumnae and collegiate chapters and more than 21,000 members. During Soror Horton’s tenure as Southern Regional Director, she has been dedicated to her theme of “Advancing the Sisterhood” through three objectives:
- Empowering our members and chapters to actively serve our communities
- Embracing the collegiate and alumnae members; and
- Engaging everyone in our effort to advance the region and our sisterhood.
Over the last four years, the Southern Region has continued to flourish, with collegiate and alumnae chapters offering innovative programs in our each of our Five-Point Programmatic Thrusts. These programs along with upcoming sororal events were highlighted weekly in Soror Horton’s newsletter, the Southern Informer. Soror Horton intended to open the lines of communication through this weekly newsletter along with frequent webinars and Empowerment Calls. The Southern Region’s social media presence was increased through the addition of an official Instagram Page, a new regional website, and consistent posting to the region’s Facebook page.
Our active membership also continued to grow. More than 5000 sorors have been reclaimed and more than 34 collegiate chapters have been reactivated. Over 4500 new initiates have joined through 180 chapters. Soror Horton’s administration focused on the leadership development of the region’s growing membership by creating various programs that would inspire and encourage sorors to pursue and prepare for leadership positions within the Southern Region. The Southern Region Leadership Institute (SRLI) was launched during her tenure and Southern Leadership Summits were executed.
Under Soror Horton’s leadership, members of the region have supported various philanthropic endeavors over the last four years. One notable endeavor is the campaign to support I Can Fly High School in Nairobi, Kenya in which the Southern Region raised and donated over $48,000. Additionally, the region hosted a Virtual Day Party fundraiser which raised over $19,000 for the People’s Agenda. As part of Soror Horton’s legacy, the second edition of the Southern Regional History Book will soon be published with information about all 216 chapters chartered in the region. Most recently, the region successfully held its first ever Virtual Southern Regional Conference with almost 5000 members in attendance.
Sandra Horton has been actively involved in the sorority since she helped charter Xi Eta Chapter at Georgia Southern College in 1979. A Diamond Life Member of the Sorority, Soror Horton has served in various local, state, regional, and national positions. She is a former President of Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter, former North Georgia State Coordinator, former Southern Region Member of the National Scholarship and Standards Committee, and a former Regional Advisor Coordinator.
Soror Horton holds a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics and Interior Design from Georgia Southern College, a Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida, and a Master of Architecture in Historic Preservation from the University of Florida. She is currently a Senior Project Manager at Gude Management Group LLC.