Charles C. Teamer, Sr.
Immediate Past Grand Sire Archon Charles C. Teamer, Sr., a distinguished business and civic leader, is currently chairman of Dryades Savings Bank in New Orleans and interim executive director of the Amistad Research Center. In 1994 Archon Teamer, a cofounder, was instrumental in the purchase and establishment of the bank. Since its inception, the bank has grown and expanded its base to serve the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Under Archon Teamer’s leadership, it has become a major force in the local financial community.
Archon Teamer has worked to design a strategy for the economic growth and development of the community by serving as director of numerous boards including Entergy-New Orleans, the Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation, the World Trade Center and the Audubon Institute. He has also been chairman of numerous boards including the Urban League of Greater New Orleans, the Metropolitan Area Committee, Harrah’s New Orleans Casino, the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the United Way. In 1983, Governor David Treen appointed him as the first African American on the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans.
Well known for his achievement in the area of higher education, Archon Teamer was recently named the First Citizen of Learning for his outstanding work as an educator and university administrator by the University of New Orleans. He has been the vice president of fiscal affairs at Dillard University and Clark Atlanta University. With his work in the financing of higher education recognized throughout the nation, he is currently a member of the board of supervisors for the University of Louisiana System, the board of administrators of Tulane University, the business and higher-education council for the University of New Orleans, and the boards of the Southern Education Foundation and the Institute for Church Administration.
On the national level, Archon Teamer has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of Education, the Board of Education of the United Methodist Church, the Ford Foundation and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He has also served in a national capacity as a board member of the Common Fund National Association of Colleges and University Business Officers. He has also been president of the Southern Association of College and University Business Officers.
Archon Teamer has donated much of his time to working on behalf of others; his volunteer efforts and civic leadership have been recognized through his receipt of numerous honors and awards including the Alpha Pi Alpha Award of Merit, the Torch of Leadership Award from the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, the Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award from the United Way, and the Weiss Award from the National Conference of Christians and Jews. In addition, he has received the Silver Beaver Award for “distinguished service to scouting” from the New Orleans Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, and the Whitney Young Award for Service to Urban and Rural Scouting. He was selected one of the Ten Outstanding Citizens in New Orleans, one of The Top Volunteer Activists in New Orleans, and a Role Model by the Young Leadership Council. He is a life member of the NAACP and recipient of its Outstanding Black Achievement Award.
Archon Teamer was the twenty-seventh general president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. In addition, this Immediate Past Grand Sire Archon of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc., is a 33rd Degree Prince Hall Mason and Shriner. He is a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church and was previously treasurer of the Louisiana Annual Conference.
A native of Salisbury, North Carolina, Sire Archon Teamer was educated at Clark Atlanta University, the University of Nebraska and Tulane University. He was married for 47 years to Mary Dixon Teamer, now deceased, who was much loved by all who knew her. He has three children: Charles, Jr., Roderic, Sr., and Cheryl, and six grandchildren.