Brother Leavell enrolled at UK in the fall of 1971 and became a Kappa Sigma pledge in the Spring of 1972. It was Frank (Verga) Haupt who sold him on the many benefits of the “scarlet, green and white.” While an undergrad, Bill was Rush Chairman for two years, as well as Intramural Chairman for two years. During this time, he partnered with Joe Traxelto win IFC golf doubles twice, and with Scott Neumayer to win IFC handball doubles. The fraternity finished 4th overall in total IM points out of 21 UK fraternities.
During Bill’s freshman year at UK, he was a walk-on athlete for golf. He relished watching UK sports, and participating in the social events associated with the privilege of Beta Nu Membership. He also enjoyed his time as a “house boy” at the Pi Phi and Chi-O sorority houses.
Upon graduation in 1975, Bill entered the business world of sales before becoming a financial advisor in 1980. He continues his practice as a Vice President Investments with Stifel Financial in Louisville. Golf has been a long-time passion for Bill. In 1971, his Waggener High School team won the state championship. In 2010 he won the Senior Falls City Championship. He was the 2012 Senior Tri-state team Champion, and is a ten time Hurstbourne Country Club regular and Senior Club Champion.
Bill believes in being involved and giving back. He still shows his pride for UK serving as a fellow for the school. For over a decade, he has been a Board Member and is currently serving as Treasurer of Wayside Christian Mission-a large homeless shelter in Louisville. Bill was head coach for Eastern High School Girl’s Lacrosse and enjoyed many years of referring girl’s lacrosse games. He presently worships and serves at Southeast Christian Church where he co-founded a Sunday School Class, and serves on the Church’s Investment Committee. Bill is also involved with the new member ministry at his church where he serves as a Coordinator for the Decision Guides.
This November, Bill will be running for one of five commissioner spots for the City of Hurstbourne where he has lived for the past 31 years. Bill is married to UK grad, and former Kappa Kappa Gamma President, Sherry Carpenter. They are life time alumnae members. They have two grandchildren and soon to be three.
Bill has been involved in the capital campaign for Kappa Sig and has reached out to over 500 Kappa Sig brothers on behalf of the campaign. When asked if he has any advice for undergraduates, Bill states, “College is a unique time of your life. Be grateful for this opportunity and maximize all you can from the educational and social opportunities. Being an active undergraduate Kappa Sigma can really help you accomplish this and lay the foundation for many years to come.”