History[ edit ] During the winter months of the academic year at New York University, the idea of starting a business fraternity was first brought up. One of the founding members later suggested that it was Frederic R. Leach who first developed the idea for formation of a fraternity. Leach and Jefferson, along with Nathan Lane, Jr. Bergen, came to be known as the "Brooklyn Four. As the spirit of brotherhood grew stronger in the hearts and in the minds of the men from Brooklyn, they decided to suggest to the other members of their class that something be done to perpetuate it.
They received hearty support from the men approached regarding their idea, and by the latter part of April , things were beginning to take definite shape. Before the academic term came to a close, a date was set for a meeting to take place at the Hotel Saint Denis in which a plan for the organization would be outlined.
Denis by Robert S. Rachmil, and Herbert M. Tremaine was to be invited, but he was not in attendance at the meeting, as he later stated that the invitation had never reached him. The nine men in attendance were all strongly in favor of forming a fraternity, and many points worthy of being incorporated into a constitution were suggested.
The Brooklyn Four were appointed to draft a constitution and present it the next time all of the men met. On July 16, , a group of them traveled by steamer to Sea Cliff, Long Island , and at this meeting the draft of the constitution was presented.
The social aspect of the fraternity was emphasized early on, as Jefferson later recounted, "The greater part of the day, however, was spent in having summer fun, and although the party did no real work on the constitution, yet the friendships were strengthened. All ten men, including Tremaine, were present at the October 5 meeting, and the decision was made to officially organize the fraternity along the lines of the constitution that had been presented by the Brooklyn Four.
In the spring of , formal application was made to the State of New York for a charter of incorporation for Alpha Kappa Psi. The application was approved and the charter of incorporation for our Alpha chapter was officially issued in the name of Alpha Kappa Psi on May 20, Sparks, District Councilor J.
Restrictive membership clause[ edit ] Membership in Alpha Kappa Psi was originally restricted to men who were "of the Christian faith and Caucasian race. At the Alpha Kappa Psi Convention in Minnesota, delegates voted in favor of dropping the restrictive membership clause from the national constitution. Title IX prohibited sex discrimination in federally assisted educational programs and amended parts of the Civil Rights Act of While social fraternities and sororities were exempt from the provisions of Title IX, professional fraternities were included in Title IX.
Around this time, the brothers of the Delta Chi Chapter at Clarkson University introduced legislation to amend Alpha Kappa Psi's Constitution to include women as brothers. While this move did gain the support of a few other chapters, the proposed amendments were easily defeated. In the fall of , the Delta Chi chapter admitted four women into their Chapter and soon granted females full rights and privileges, including participation in ritual. Delta Chi went on to elect a female president and attempted to send her to the national convention as their voting delegate.
The chapter proceeded by changing its name to Delta Chi Delta aiming to be completely independent from its former counterpart. During the same year, the Alpha Kappa Chapter at the University of Idaho also admitted women to membership. Upon having their charter revoked, the former Alpha Kappa Chapter continued on as an independent organization known as Pi Beta Sigma, and the organization's advisor remarked "My sentiments are that if we are being excommunicated from the national because we failed to discriminate against women, then it's a pleasure to get kicked out of that organization.
In March , representatives of several organizations formed to push for legislation that would exempt the groups from Title IX as it applied to professional fraternities. A write-in campaign was also started as an attempt to sway legislators. At the national convention, the Committee on Female Membership moved that the fraternity should bar women, advocating a continuance of the struggle to secure legislation.
Such legislation was eventually introduced in , when Senator James McClure sponsored an amendment to S. The convention voted the Board of Directors the authority to change Article III, Section 1 of the Constitution by deletion of the words "must be men and," if no legislative recourse could be achieved.
When it became apparent that legislation would not be approved, the Board of Directors voted, August 7, , to admit women into the fraternity. The installations were led by National President M. Moore, Chairman of the Board David P. Wendroff, Foundation Vice President R. Epperson, and five other brothers. This expansion prompted the creation of the 14th region of the Fraternity.
As a result, the United Kingdom Region was dissolved and the remaining chapter was moved under the authority of the Mideast Region. Even though an expansion to London seemed like just a matter of time, as it is the business capital of the world, it finally happened after 16 years from the date of approval of the Manchester chapter.
In March , the Board of Directors approved a new chapter installation, and on Board of Directors[ edit ] The Board of Directors is the supreme legislative, judicial, and oversight body of the Fraternity outside of meetings of the Chapter Congress held every 2 years at the Convention. In the term "Board of Directors" replaced "Grand Council. The Board of Directors is now made up of 9 alumni, elected for 3-year terms, staggering 3 elected each year.
The Chairman of the Board position is now the highest-ranking officer position of Alpha Kappa Psi, equivalent to the former National President position prior to and Grand President position prior to The current Chairman of the Board is Richard Battle. Management Team[ edit ] The Management Team is made up of the elected and appointed executive-level operational leadership of the Fraternity.
This body was previously known as the Grand Council until when it became known as the Board of Directors. In "National" was dropped from the title to reflect the Fraternity's international scope, even though the Fraternity has actually been international since The head of the Management Team is the Fraternity President.
A Fraternity Officer, the President is the presiding officer at all meetings of the Chapter Congress and the Management Team and has general supervision, direction, and control of the business and affairs of the Fraternity subject to the direction of the Board of Directors.
The current Fraternity President is Mike Dickerson. Fraternity Executive Vice President. In the absence of the President, the EVP shall serve as President of the Fraternity until such time the President can resume his or her duties or until the term of the President's office has expired if the President is permanently unable to resume his or her duties. Prior to the Convention, the Regional Directors had been elected by a vote of the chapters every two years in their Regional Meetings.
Regional Management Team[ edit ] Regional Director. The Regional Director serves as both a member of the Fraternity Management Team and as the head of the Regional Management Team for his or her respective region of the Fraternity. There are 16 regions and regional directors. Supervises particular parts of a region, appointed by the Regional Director.
Acts as an Assistant Regional Director, in lieu of the Regional Director when it is logistically prudent usually due to geography or time constraints. Assists the Regional Director in areas they designate, including recruitment, technology, risk management, and operations. Appointed by the Regional Director. Responsible for the proper conduct of the College Chapter in all local, regional and Fraternity matters, and is accountable to the Regional Director.
In that advisory and representative capacity, it is the Chapter Advisor's duty to report to the Regional Director any violations of the laws or policies of the Fraternity within the College Chapter. The Chapter Advisor is the front-line and most important position in AKPsi, as it has been proved that chapters with a long-term and involved advisor succeed more.
Similar to the regional managers, but focuses ed on one chapter. Appointed by the Chapter Advisor. The Alpha Kappa Psi Foundation was established in as a public, charitable and educational foundation. Its mission is "Providing resources for enhancing the educational experience of future business leaders.
It also supports educational programs that develop leadership and professional development skills. Heritage Center and staff[ edit ] In , Alpha Kappa Psi became the first professional fraternity to have a headquarters facility, and since then, has moved from location to location as the Fraternity grew.
The two corporations have been operating from the Heritage Center since April and dedicated the facility in June The members of the professional staff of Alpha Kappa Psi are the Fraternity's only full-time paid employees. Working collaboratively with the members of the Fraternity Management Team, the Fraternity Office staff serves as a source of input, advice and feedback to the board of directors; and implements programs in the areas of education, marketing, membership growth, and general Fraternal development for students, alumni and volunteers.
Steven Hartman was appointed chief executive officer in PBLI offers several curriculum tracks, facilitated by a mix of Alpha Kappa Psi alumni and successful business leaders, focusing on the values of principles business leadership. PBLI debuted in as a retooled and updated version of the Fraternity's similar Success Institute, which was originally introduced in Case Competition is designed to introduce students to the realities of decision making and give them first-hand experience in analyzing business situations to prepare them for future managerial decision making.
College of Leadership[ edit ] The College of Leadership is held every two years in conjunction with the Fraternity's Convention. The College of Leadership is a two-day series of sessions focusing on personal development, professional development, and chapter leadership.
Facilitators include Fraternity staff and volunteer leaders, successful alumni members, and special guests from the business community. The Academy is held each summer at the Waycross Conference and Retreat Center in Morgantown, Indiana , and attendance is limited to 20 exceptional student leaders who demonstrate qualities of future business leaders.
The Academy was first held in