May 1, 1848, at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.


The “Immortal Six”: John Templeton McCarty, Samuel Beatty Wilson, James Elliott Jr., Ellis Bailey Gregg, Daniel Webster Crofts and Naaman Fletcher.

Our Greek Letters

Members of Phi Gamma Delta hold our Greek letters in reverence.
Therefore, we limit their display to a select number of places, such as the front of the chapter house, the fraternity flag, class rings, and the member badge. When our Fraternity is named in campus or interfraternity publications, we prefer the full spelling of Phi Gamma Delta rather than use of the Greek letters or the nickname Fiji.


Fiji or Phi Gam


 Phi Gamma Delta Crest



 Flower & Color

Flower: Purple Clematis

Color: Royal Purple




 Mascot - Snowy White Owl



Phi Gamma Delta Archives

For more details about our history, please visit the Phi Gamma Delta Archives website or the Archives Digital Repository.

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Mission, Vision & Values


Phi Gamma Delta unites men in enduring friendships, stimulates the pursuit of knowledge, and builds courageous leaders who serve the world with the best that is in them.


To be an active, vital force of men who courageously live our values and make a positive impact on college and community.


Friendship, Knowledge, Service, Morality & Excellence

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  • 190,000+ brothers initiated since 1848
  • 11,000+ undergraduate brothers

Chapters/Colonies in the United States & Canada

  • 152 Chapters
  • 13 Colonies
  • 73 Graduate Chapters

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International Leadership


The Archonate is the governing board of directors. Comprised of seven graduate brothers and two undergraduates, nine brothers serve two year commitments guiding the Fraternity between Ekklesiai.

 2018-20 Archons

Archon President

Clark Robertson
(Nebraska 1982)

Archon Vice President

Jim Link
(Ohio Wesleyan 1982)

Archon Treasurer

Nic Loiacono
(Illinois 1974)

Archon Secretary

Josh Holly
(Tennessee 1997)  

Ritualist Ed Gabe
Archon Councilor

Ed Gabe
(Hanover 1990)

Archon Councilor

Bill Hunnicutt
(Texas Arlington 1981)

Archon Councilor

Tom Waldon
(Iowa State 1979)  

Archon Councilor

Kolby Owens
(Oregon State 2019)

Archon Councilor

Lucas Abbott
(Minnesota 2019)


Appointed General Officers

The Fraternity has eight Appointed General Officer volunteer positions, which the Archons appoint. Seven of these brothers serve in “specialist” roles for the Fraternity, and the Section Chief is the eighth position.  These brothers serve as volunteers but are available to Chapters for consultation on matters involving their area of emphasis.

 Current Appointed General Officers

Curator of

Joe Weist
(Rose-Hulman 1987)


Bill Bracewell
(Georgia Faculty)

General Counsel

Jim Boyers
(Hanover 1994)

Towner Blackstock

Towner Blackstock
(Davidson 1994)

Public Relations

Mike Sacks
(James Madison 2004)


Justin Burns
(Ohio State 2007)


Section Chiefs

The Section Chief is the eighth Appointed General Officer, who is the primary recruiter for graduate volunteers within Phi Gamma Delta's 56 geographical sections. The Section Chief ensures each chapter has an active trained and productive Purple Legionnaire, Board of Chapter Advisors and House Corporation.

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Purple Legionnaires

The Purple Legionnaire is the principal graduate brother responsible for advising a chapter at the local level.

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Our Chapters

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