Phi Kappa Tau Timeline

1906

Non-Fraternity Association is founded at Miami University by Taylor Borradaile, Clinton Boyd, Dwight.
Douglass and William Shideler.

1907

First Founders Day Banquet is held.

1908

Non-Fraternity Association approved first Constitution, written by Harvey Brill, Miami ’12.

1909

Name changes to Phrenocon.
Red carnation was adopted as the official flower.

1911

SIDELIGHTS, the forerunner to The Laurel, becomes the official national publication.
First National Convention is held in Athens, Ohio.

1916

Miami chapter withdraws from Phrenocon and adopts the name “Phi Kappa Tau”.

1917

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.

1923

First Phi Kappa Tau Central Office opens in Indianapolis, Ind.

1931

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.

1933

John Y. Brown, Sr., Centre ’17, is elected a U.S. representative from Kentucky.

1940

Founder Dwight I. Douglass, Miami ’06, enters Chapter Eternal.

1941

More than 8,000 Phi Taus serve in World War II between 1941 and 1945.

1945

Foundation becomes an Ohio corporation not-for-profit.

1947

P.M. Harrington, Rensselaer ’22, becomes the first Phi Tau to serve the NIC.

1950

Founder Clinton D. Boyd, Miami ’06, enters Chapter Eternal.
Roland Maxwell, Southern California ’22, writes the creed of Phi Kappa Tau.

1951

William E. McVey, Ohio ’15, is elected a U.S. representative from Ohio.

1955

Fred Hall, Southern California ’35, is elected governor of Kansas.

1956

Phi Kappa Tau’s 50th anniversary is celebrated as the Golden Jubilee in Oxford, Ohio.

1957

Jack Anson, Colgate ’47, authors The Golden Jubilee of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.

1958

Founder William H. Shideler, Miami ’06, enters Chapter Eternal.

1959

National President Maxwell retires from office to become the first Phi Kappa Tau chairman of the NIC; receives NIC gold medal.

1968

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.

1969

Phi Kappa Tau’s 100th chapter charters as Delta Delta chapter at Bryant College.

1970

Anson was named executive director of the North-American Interfraternity Conference.
The term “associate member” is introduced at National Convention.

1977

Founder Taylor Borradaile, Miami ’06, the last living founder, enters Chapter Eternal at age 92.

1981

Phi Kappa Tau’s 75th anniversary is celebrated as the Diamond Jubilee in Oxford, Ohio.
Phi Tau Circle memorial is dedicated at Miami University.

1982

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.

1984

Mitch McConnell, Louisville ’61, is elected a U.S. senator from Kentucky.

1985

Boles receives NIC Gold Medal.

1986

Jack Anson, Colgate ’47, receives NIC Gold Medal.

1988

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.

1990

George Voinovich, Ohio ’56, is elected governor of Ohio.

1991

Carl E. Mundy, Jr., Auburn ’55, was appoint Commandant of the Marine Corps by President George H. W. Bush.

1992

Honorary Founder Boles enters Chapter Eternal.

1993

Spencer Bachus, Auburn ’67, is elected a U.S. representative from Alabama.

1994

Astronaut Leroy Chiao, UC Berkeley ’79, becomes first Phi Tau to walk in space.

1995

Phi Kappa Tau adopts the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps (now the SeriousFun Children’s Network) as its national philanthropy,

1996

Charlies Ball, Miami ’82, authors from Old Main to New Century: A History of Phi Kappa Tau,

1998

Voinovich is elected a U.S. senator from Ohio.

1999

Fraternity and Foundation move to the current Ewing T. Boles Executive Offices.

2000

Bill Jenkins, Bowling Green ’57, is elected NIC president.

2001

Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and Foundation consolidate.
Commitment to Character capital campaign launches.

2005

Bill Jenkins receives NIC gold medal.

2008

John Barrasso, Rensselaer ’71, is elected a U.S. senator from Wyoming.

2010

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.

2011

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.

2012

Phi Kappa Tau adopts the USO as a national service partner.
Tommy Reisinger, Kent State ’12, was initiate number 90,000.

2014

Phi Kappa Tau’s 150th chapter charters as Zeta Zeta chapter at Illinois-Springfield.

2015

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.