Phi Kappa Tau Timeline
Non-Fraternity Association is founded at Miami University by Taylor Borradaile, Clinton Boyd, Dwight.
Douglass and William Shideler.
First Founders Day Banquet is held.
Non-Fraternity Association approved first Constitution, written by Harvey Brill, Miami ’12.
Name changes to Phrenocon.
Red carnation was adopted as the official flower.
SIDELIGHTS, the forerunner to The Laurel, becomes the official national publication.
First National Convention is held in Athens, Ohio.
Miami chapter withdraws from Phrenocon and adopts the name “Phi Kappa Tau”.
National Phrenocon adopts the name “Phi Kappa Tau” and Miami returns as Alpha chapter.
More than 250 Phi Taus serve in World War I between 1917 and 1918.
First Phi Kappa Tau Central Office opens in Indianapolis, Ind.
Phi Kappa Tau’s 25th anniversary is celebrated as the Silver Jubilee in Oxford, Ohio.
Phi Kappa Tau becomes second national fraternity to build a national headquarters.
The Memorial Headquarters and Alpha Memorial Chapter House is dedicated to the four founding fathers.
John Y. Brown, Sr., Centre ’17, is elected a U.S. representative from Kentucky.
Founder Dwight I. Douglass, Miami ’06, enters Chapter Eternal.
More than 8,000 Phi Taus serve in World War II between 1941 and 1945.
Foundation becomes an Ohio corporation not-for-profit.
P.M. Harrington, Rensselaer ’22, becomes the first Phi Tau to serve the NIC.
Founder Clinton D. Boyd, Miami ’06, enters Chapter Eternal.
Roland Maxwell, Southern California ’22, writes the creed of Phi Kappa Tau.
William E. McVey, Ohio ’15, is elected a U.S. representative from Ohio.
Fred Hall, Southern California ’35, is elected governor of Kansas.
Phi Kappa Tau’s 50th anniversary is celebrated as the Golden Jubilee in Oxford, Ohio.
Jack Anson, Colgate ’47, authors The Golden Jubilee of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.
Founder William H. Shideler, Miami ’06, enters Chapter Eternal.
National President Maxwell retires from office to become the first Phi Kappa Tau chairman of the NIC; receives NIC gold medal.
IMPACT, the forerunner to Leadership Academy, is created.
Leonard F. Chapman, Jr., Florida ’33, was appoint Commandant of the Marine Corps by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Phi Kappa Tau’s 100th chapter charters as Delta Delta chapter at Bryant College.
Anson was named executive director of the North-American Interfraternity Conference.
The term “associate member” is introduced at National Convention.
Founder Taylor Borradaile, Miami ’06, the last living founder, enters Chapter Eternal at age 92.
Phi Kappa Tau’s 75th anniversary is celebrated as the Diamond Jubilee in Oxford, Ohio.
Phi Tau Circle memorial is dedicated at Miami University.
Ewing T. Boles, Centre ’14, issues the “Boles Challenge,” stating that he will match any gift to the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation up to $1 million. At the time, Boles’ gift was the largest ever made to a fraternity foundation.
Mitch McConnell, Louisville ’61, is elected a U.S. senator from Kentucky.
Boles receives NIC Gold Medal.
Jack Anson, Colgate ’47, receives NIC Gold Medal.
First Phi Kappa Tau Leadership Academy is held at Miami University.
First risk management policies are introduced.
Paul Newman, Ohio ’43, opened The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for children with serious illnesses in Ashford, Conn.
George Voinovich, Ohio ’56, is elected governor of Ohio.
Carl E. Mundy, Jr., Auburn ’55, was appoint Commandant of the Marine Corps by President George H. W. Bush.
Honorary Founder Boles enters Chapter Eternal.
Spencer Bachus, Auburn ’67, is elected a U.S. representative from Alabama.
Astronaut Leroy Chiao, UC Berkeley ’79, becomes first Phi Tau to walk in space.
Phi Kappa Tau adopts the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps (now the SeriousFun Children’s Network) as its national philanthropy,
Charlies Ball, Miami ’82, authors from Old Main to New Century: A History of Phi Kappa Tau,
Voinovich is elected a U.S. senator from Ohio.
Fraternity and Foundation move to the current Ewing T. Boles Executive Offices.
Bill Jenkins, Bowling Green ’57, is elected NIC president.
Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and Foundation consolidate.
Commitment to Character capital campaign launches.
Bill Jenkins receives NIC gold medal.
John Barrasso, Rensselaer ’71, is elected a U.S. senator from Wyoming.
First Presidents Academy is held in Dayton, Ohio.
Volunteer Certification Program is launched.
Leadership Academy becomes an annual event.
First Volunteer Development Institute is held in Lexington, Ky.
First Phi Kappa Tau Conclave is held in Oxford, Ohio.
First National Community Service Event is held at Roundup River Ranch, a SeriousFun camp in Vail, Colo.
Phi Kappa Tau adopts the USO as a national service partner.
Tommy Reisinger, Kent State ’12, was initiate number 90,000.
Phi Kappa Tau’s 150th chapter charters as Zeta Zeta chapter at Illinois-Springfield.
Phi Kappa Tau and SeriousFun Children’s Network celebrates the 20th Anniversary of its partnership by launching the SeriousFun-A-Thon, a national, campus-based philanthropic event.
Trent Kelly, Ole Miss ’87, is elected a U.S. representative from Mississippi.