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

Fiji or Phi Gam

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

  • 195,000+ brothers initiated since 1848
  • 11,000+ undergraduate brothers

Chapters/Colonies in the United States & Canada

  • 147 Chapters
  • 9 Colonies
  • 70 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.

 2018-20 Archons

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Archon President

 Clark Robertson

(Nebraska 1982)

Brother Robertson was elected Archon President by the 170th Ekklesia in Dallas in July 2018.

Learn more about Clark.

 

Archon Vice President

 Jim Link

(Ohio Wesleyan 1982)

Brother Link was elected Archon Vice President by the 170th Ekklesia in Dallas in July 2018.

Learn more about Jim.

 

Archon Treasurer

 Nic Loiacono

(Illinois 1974)

Brother Loiacono was elected Archon Treasurer by the 168th Ekklesia in August 2016.

Learn more about Nic.

 

Archon Secretary

 Josh Holly

(Tennessee 1997)

Brother Holly was elected Archon Secretary by the 170th Ekklesia in Dallas in July 2018.

Learn more about Josh.

 
Ritualist Ed Gabe
Archon Councilor

 Ed Gabe

(Hanover 1990)

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

Learn more about Ed.

 

Archon Councilor

 Bill Hunnicutt

(Texas Arlington 1981)

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

Learn more about Bill.

 

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

 Lucas Abbott

(Minnesota 2019)

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

Learn more about Lucas.

 

Archon Councilor

 Davis Hardell

(Georgia 2021)

Brother Hardell was appointed an Archon Councilor by the Archons in August 2019.

Learn more about Davis.

 

 

 

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

If you have questions for one of the Appointed General Officers, please contant the International Heaquarters.

Executive Director Bill Martin
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 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.

 
Education Director Bill Bracewell
Educational Director

 Vacant

The Educational Director advises the Archons and the Ekklesia in matters relating to the scholarship and educational programming at each chapter. They obtain 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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