About the Greater Fraternity

Founding

Phi Gamma Delta was founded May 1, 1848, at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania by the "Immortal Six" - John Templeton McCarty, Samuel Beatty Wilson, James Elliott Jr., Ellis Bailey Gregg, Daniel Webster Crofts and Naaman Fletcher.

Membership in the U.S. & Canada

Members

 

Chapters

  • Brothers Initiated Since 1848: 210,000+
  • Total Living Brothers: 147,000+
  • Total Undergraduate Members: 9,500+
 
  • Undergraduate Chapters: 139
    (Includes 130 chapters & 9 provisional chapters)
  • Graduate Chapters: 30+

Mission, Vision & Values

Mission

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.

Vision

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

Values

 Friendship  |   Knowledge  |   Service  |   Morality  |   Excellence

Insignia

 Badge

 

 Color

Phi Gamma Delta's official color:
Royal Purple

 

 Crest

 

 

 Flower

Purple Clematis

 

 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 nicknames Phi Gam or Fiji.

 

 Mascot

Snowy White Owl: "Gamma"
 

 

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History

Phi Gam Archives

History - Archives Website icon
Archives Website

Learn more about Phi Gamma Delta's history and search the Archives' digital repository.

Archives Website   



Today in History icon
Today in History

Search this website site to see what happened on a specific date in Phi Gam history.

Today in History

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International Leadership

Archons

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.

2022-24 Archons

Archon - Hunnicutt

Archon President

 Bill Hunnicutt
(Texas Arlington 1981)

Brother Hunnicutt was elected Archon President by the 174th Ekklesia in August 2022.

Learn more about Bill.

 
Archon - Kilduff

Archon Vice
President

 Tim Kilduff
(Kent State 1968)

Brother Kilduff was elected Archon Vice President by the 174th Ekklesia in August 2022.

Learn more about Tim.

 
Archon - Herman

Archon Treasurer

 Don Herman
(Calgary 1984)

Brother Herman was elected Archon Treasurer by the 172nd Ekklesia in August 2020.

Learn more about Don.

 
Archon - Amend

Archon Secretary

 Matthew Amend
(Iowa 1987)

Brother Amend was elected Archon Secretary by the 174th Ekklesia in August 2022.

Learn more about Matt.

 
Archon - Neilson

Archon Councilor

 J.C. Neilson
(Akron 1991)

Brother Neilson was appointed as an Archon Councilor by the Archons in July 2021.

Learn more about J.C.

 
Archon - Siedell

Archon Councilor

 Robert Siedell
(Mississippi State 1974)

Brother Siedell was elected Archon Councilor by the 174th Ekklesia in August 2022.

Learn more about Robert.

 
Archon - Yates

Archon Councilor

 Jon Yates
(Texas A&M 1991)

Brother Yates was elected Archon Councilor by the 174th Ekklesia in August 2022.

Learn more about Jon.

 
Archon - Berard

Archon Councilor

 Zach Berard
(Kansas State 2024)

Brother Berard was elected Archon Councilor by the 174th Ekklesia in August 2022.

Learn more about Zach.

 
Archon - Greve

Archon Councilor

 Aaron Greve
(Rose-Hulman 2025)

Brother Greve was appointed as an Archon Councilor by the Archons in August 2023.

Learn more about Aaron.

 

Appointed Volunteer Leaders

The Fraternity has nine Appointed Volunteer Leader (AVL) positions, which the Archons appoint. Eight of these brothers serve in volunteer “specialist” roles for the Fraternity, but they are available to chapters for consultation on matters involving their area of emphasis.

Eight Volunteer "Specialists"

Curator of Archives: Weist

Curator of
Archives

 Joe Weist
(Rose-Hulman 1987)

Joe preserves and catalogs all Phi Gamma Delta memorabilia and historical records. He oversees the museum at the International Headquarters and Archives Weekend.

The Curator of Archives can be a resource to your chapter if you are interested in preserving archives and other important historical records.

 
Director of DEIB: Kutsher

Director of DEIB

 DeVere Kutscher
(Davidson 1997)

As Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB), DeVere advises the Archons and staff on matters related to DEIB, as well as on the implementation of the Fraternity’s DEIB initiatives. He also works with the staff in the development of undergraduate chapter and graduate volunteer-focused DEIB resources, partnerships and educational opportunities.

 
Director of Housing: Ziza

Director of
Housing

 John Ziza
(Ohio 1978)

John advises the Archons and staff on issues related to housing. He serves as Chairman of the Housing Advisory, leading efforts to provide guidance and resources to the formation of new house corporations, and he helps chapter without a house chapters acquire housing.

 
Education Director: Whyte

Educational
Director

 Amelious Whyte
(Minnesota Faculty)

Amelious advises the Archons and the Ekklesia in matters relating to the scholarship and educational programming at each chapter. He obtains the scholastic standing of each undergraduate chapter on its campus and certifies to the Archons all instances when chapters are delinquent in scholarship.

The Educational Director is a resource to undergraduate chapters wishing to improve their academic and/or educational programming.

 
General Counsel: Boyers

General Counsel

 Jim Boyers
(Hanover 1994)

Jim is an attorney who advises the Archons and the Ekklesia in matters relating to the formulation and interpretation of the Constitution, Bylaws of the Fraternity and other legal matters affecting the Fraternity.

 
Historian: Blackstock

Historian

 Towner Blackstock
(Davidson 1994)

Towner collects, records and perpetuates all statistics and facts of interest pertaining to the Fraternity, its chapters and its members. During this process, he is encouraged to revise or add to the volumes of our Fraternity history books.

The Historian can serve as a resource to chapters wanting to document and preserve their own chapter history.

 
PR Director: Sacks

Public Relations
Director

 Mike Sacks
(James Madison 2004)

Mike protects and promotes the good name of Phi Gamma Delta by playing a leadership role in publicizing good works of the Fraternity and its chapters and handling crisis situations.

The Public Relations Director can be a resource to chapters on public relations matters.

 
Ritualist: Laufenberg

Ritualist

 Josh Laufenberg
(Illinois 2008)

Josh is fully versed in every phase of the Fraternity's ritualistic ceremonies. It is his duty to answer all communications regarding the Ritual, to prescribe their use and to interpret their meaning. He is also responsible for enforcing uniformity among all chapters in their observance of the ceremonies.

The Ritualist can be a resource for chapters wanting to improve their performance of the Ritual.

 

 

If you have questions for one of the AVLs above, please contact the International Headquarters.

The Ninth Appointed Volunteer Leader Position

The ninth AVL position is the Section Leader. Read more about the position below:

Section Leaders

The Section Leader (SL) is an Appointed Volunteer Leader who is the primary recruiter for graduate volunteers within Phi Gamma Delta's geographical sections. The SL works to see that each chapter has an active Purple Legionnaire, Board of Chapter Advisors and house corporation.

Section Leader Directory   

Purple Legionnaires

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

Purple Legionnaire Directory   

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Chapter Directory   


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Grad Chapter Directory   


Search the Section Leader (SL) Directory:

SL Directory   


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PL Directory