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University of Alabama sorority elects its first African American president

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TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

For the first time ever, a majority white University of Alabama sorority has just elected its first African American president.

Hannah Patterson has been a memberof Sigma Delta Tau for a year and her sisters elected her president last week.

Patterson says she ran for president to help her sorority grow. The 22-year-old engineering student went through formal sorority recruitment but didn't find one that fit. She doesn't believe her race played a role.

But Patterson bonded with the sisters of Sigma Delta Tau, a historically Jewish sorority, during a period of informal recruiting. She's one of three black members in the chapter and says her race had nothing to do with her election.

"It just did it because I wanted to help my sorority. The girls voted for me because they saw my leadership skills and everything. I guess that was kind of a coincidence. But I didn't think they looked at my race," Patterson said.

Her sisters say she's a proven leader.

"She was just the best for us. She is so pro-active in our sorority," Kristen Feyt said.

Patterson likes what UA President Judy Bonner has done to make sororities more diverse by reopening and extending the bidding process. She hopes these changes continue.

Reporter Josh Gauntt will have more with Patterson on FOX6 News at 9.

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