History

Founded

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

Founders

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.

Nicknames

Phi Gam or Fiji

Images

 Phi Gamma Delta Crest

 

 

 Flower & Color

Flower: Purple Clematis

Color: Royal Purple

 

 Logo

 

 Mascot - Snowy White Owl

"Gamma"
 

 

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

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

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Membership

Members

  • 201,000+ brothers initiated since 1848
  • 10,000+ undergraduate brothers
  • 131,000+ living brothers

Chapters/Colonies in the United States & Canada

  • 141 Chapters
  • 7 Colonies
  • 60 Graduate Chapters

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.

2020-22 Archons

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Archon President

 Nic Loiacono
(Illinois 1974)

Brother Loiacono was elected Archon President by the 172nd Ekklesia in August 2020.

Learn more about Nic.

 


Archon Vice
President

 Bill Hunnicutt
(Texas Arlington 1981)

Brother Hunnicutt was elected Archon Vice President by the 172nd Ekklesia in August 2020.

Learn more about Bill.

 


Archon Treasurer

 Don Herman
(Calgary 1984)

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

Learn more about Don.

 

Ritualist Ed Gabe
Archon Secretary

 Ed Gabe
(Hanover 1990)

Brother Gabe was elected Archon Secretary by the 172nd Ekklesia in August 2020.

Learn more about Ed.

 

Ritualist Ed Gabe
Archon Councilor

 Tom Waldon
(Iowa State 1979)

Brother Waldon was elected Archon Councilor by the 170th Ekklesia in Dallas in July 2018.

Learn more about Tom.

 


Archon Councilor

 Tim Kilduff
(Kent State 1968)

Brother Kilduff was elected Archon Councilor by the 172nd Ekklesia in August 2020.

Learn more about Tim.

 


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 Councilor

 Jack Foley
(Ohio Wesleyan 2022)

Brother Foley was elected Archon Councilor by the 172nd Ekklesia in August 2020.

Learn more about Jack.

 


Archon Councilor

 J.T. Stoll
(Western Kentucky 2023)

Brother Stoll was appointed as an Archon Councilor by the Archons in August 2021.

Learn more about J.T.

 

Appointed General Officers

The Fraternity has 10 Appointed General Officer volunteer positions, which the Archons appoint. Nine of these brothers serve in “specialist” roles for the Fraternity, and the Section Chief is the ninth position.  These brothers serve as volunteers but are available to chapters for consultation on matters involving their area of emphasis.

If you have questions for one of the Appointed General Officers, please contact the International Headquarters.

DOEd Rob Caudill
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 Diversity,
Equity, Inclusion &
Belonging
 DeVere Kutscher
(Davidson 1997)

DeVere advises the Archons and staff on matters related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging, as well as on the implementation of the Fraternity’s DEI initiatives. He also works with the staff in the development of undergraduate chapter and graduate volunteer-focused DEI resources, partnerships and educational opportunities.

 

Director of
Government Relations

 Vacant

The Director of Government Relations monitors developments in federal and state legislation that may impact fraternity; advises the Archons and Executive Director regarding such legislation; and may represent the Fraternity in interfraternal efforts related to legislation, public policy and government relations.

 

Director of Housing
 Vacant

The Director of Housing, working with a housing committee, advises chapters and the Archons on issues of house financing, safety, maintenance and acquisition.

 
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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
 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.

 
Towner 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.

 

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

 Justin Burns
(Ohio State 2007)

Justin is fully versed in every phase of the Fraternity's ritualistic ceremonies. It is his duty to answer all communications regarding the rituals, 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.

 

Section Chiefs

The Section Chief is an Appointed General Officer who is the primary recruiter for graduate volunteers within Phi Gamma Delta's geographical sections. The Section Chief works to see that each chapter has an active 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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