Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity History

About the Fraternity

Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity was founded May 1, 1848 at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. The fraternity was founded by six men, respectfully referred to today as the "Immortal Six." The men were John Templeton McCarty, Samuel Beatty Wilson, James Elliott, Ellis Bailey Gregg, Daniel Webster Crofts, and Naaman Feltcher. The brotherhood these men created over a century ago set the foundation of fraternity that Phi Gamma Delta still follows today.

Phi Gamma Delta, also referred to as Phi Gam or FIJI, has initiated over 162,000 brothers since 1848. As of the end of the spring semester, 2014, there were 137 chapters and thirteen Delta Colonies located throughout the United States and Canada, with an undergraduate membership in excess of 8,500 individuals.

About the Alpha Omega Delta Colony

The Alpha Omega Delta Colony was re-established at Ohio University during the fall semester on October 29, 2013 by Phi Gamma Delta Director of Expansion Josh Moore (Illinois '10) and Field Secretary Adam Wagner (Ohio State '13). The mission of the Delta Colony is to establish a values-based, leadership-oriented fraternity to enrich the lives and eventual careers of its undergraduate members, while benefiting the Ohio University campus, Athens, Ohio community, and United States of America.

Mission of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity

Phi Gamma Delta exists to promote lifelong friendships, to reaffirm high ethical standards and values, and to foster personal development in the pursuit of excellence. Phi Gamma Delta is committed to provide opportunities for each brother to develop responsibility, leadership, scholarship, and social skills in order to become a fully contributing member of society.

Five Points of the Star: The Values of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity

The five points of the star represent the 5 most basic values held by members of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. The values are:

  • Friendship
  • Knowledge
  • Service
  • Morality
  • Excellence

Phi Gamma Delta is dedicated to developing men of character within the academic setting, with the aim that they will become fully contributing members of society. In pursuit of this mission, the Fraternity promotes five core values: Friendship, which brings us together and is the basis of our brotherhood. Knowledge, the primary reason our members attend college, and the key to a fuller, richer life. Service, in recognition of our obligation to give back to the campus and community that foster our growth. Morality, our commitment to do what is right in all our relationships. Excellence, the achievement of the full potential of the chapter and the individual members.