Lambda Chi Alpha Timeline


1905. Cosmopolitan Law Club organized at Boston University.
1909. b881efc64cdc0857272d5b0b9b8d695eNovember 2. Warren A. Cole (Boston 1912) founded Alpha Zeta of Lambda Chi Alpha at Boston University.
1910. April 27. Our name, Lambda Chi Alpha, is written and recorded for first time in Alpha Zeta minutes and the first Zeta roll, which served as the official membership records for all chapters. October 3. First ritualistic Initiation.
1911. November 15. Date of Alpha Zeta Charter. First Grand High Zeta elected. November 23. Alpha Zeta members agreed to issue themselves a charter as the first Zeta. (The charter was dated November 15.)
1912. January 10. First expansion committee appointed. (This marked first step in expansion program.) February 12. Fraternity’s first quarters obtained at 16 Westlake Avenue, Boston. March 8. First petition for a charter filed by a group at Rhode Island State College. April 13. First National Assembly, Boston. (Democracy in government established. General policy agreed upon. Definite expansion policy determined.)
1913. January 15. Cross & Crescent and handbook first officially considered. March 22. Second National Assembly, Boston. (Foundation laid for present Initiation Ritual — unable to attend, Dr. John E. Mason (Pennsylvania 1913) sends historic letter about his vision; membership restrictions adopted; moral clauses incorporated in Constitution; pledge instruction first considered; Board of Publications established.)
1914. January. No. 1, Vol. I, of the Purple, Green, and Gold appeared. Providence and New York listed as first cities to have alumni associations. April 9. The present Initiation Ritual is adopted by the Third General Assembly.
1915. January 2. Vol. I, No. I, of Cross & Crescent appeared. February. Zeta Zephyr is the first chapter publication, published by Zeta Zeta at Penn State.

Twenty-five hundred Lambda Chis (90 percent of membership) in war service. Six Zetas wholly inactive because of enlistments.

1919. December 31. Ernst J.C. Fischer (Cornell 1910) elected second Grand High Alpha at Ann Arbor General Assembly.



1920. Founding Father Warren A. Cole resigns his membership. February 12. The central office opened at Kingston, Pennsylvania. Bruce McIntosh (DePauw 1916) is appointed the first full-time chief executive (administrative secretary). December 15. The central office moved to Indianapolis.
1924. June 9. Delegates from 11 local societies convened at Springfield, Missouri, and formed Theta Kappa Nu. September 1. The first full-time salaried traveling secretary, J. Fred Speer, is employed to devote full time to chapter visitation. October 7. Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity becomes incorporated.
1926. Summer. The first edition of The Paedagogus, the official manual of Fraternity Education, is published.
1927. December 3. Lambda Chi Alpha becomes an international fraternity with the installation of Epsilon- Epsilon Zeta at Toronto.1928. The practice of hazing is openly condemned by Bruce McIntosh at an NIC meeting.
1932. January 1. The Purple, Green, and Gold changes its name to the Cross & Crescent. July. Bruce H. McIntosh becomes president of the Fraternity Executives Association. A central figure in its founding, he is the only one to have served two terms as its head.
1935. September 3. Established in 1933, the Order of Merit inducts its first members at the General Assembly.
1939. October 11. The union of Theta Kappa Nu and Lambda Chi Alpha increases the chapter roll from 77 to 105 and the membership from 20,000 to 27,000, becoming the largest merger in fraternity history.



1940. March 1. General Fraternity acquired title to new International Headquarters building, 2029 N. Meridian Street in Indianapolis. On October 15, offices moved to new building.
1943. Cyril F. “Duke” Flad (Wittenberg 1920) succeeds Bruce McIntosh as administrative secretary.
1944. Leroy Wilson (Rose-Hulman 1922), former Grand Archon of Theta Kappa Nu, becomes the first of four Lambda Chi brothers to head the National Interfraternity Conference.An estimated 13,000 members serve in the armed forces during World War II; more than 400 die. Forty-nine of the 129 chapters are inactive due to military service.
1946. June 1. John E. Mason Memorial Foundation (now Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation, Inc.) is created from his bequest upon his death.
1949. August 22. The first Management Training Seminar (now Stead Leadership Seminar) is held at Wittenberg College in Springfield, Ohio.
1935. The Annual Fund campaign is established as a means for alumni to financially support the Fraternity beyond their college days. August 31. The position of chapter services secretary (now director of chapter services) is created. George Spasyk (Michigan 1949) holds this position.
1956. Duke Flad’s title of administrative secretary is changed to executive director.
1957. Founding Father Warren A. Cole is reinstated as a member in good standing.
1959. October 30. Fiftieth anniversary rededication ceremonies are held in Boston.



1960. August 21. The first members are inducted into the Order of Achievement and Order of Interfraternity Service.
1961. Upsilon Zeta at Louisiana State becomes the first chapter to initiate 1,000 members.
1967. Dan Dullaghan (Butler 1970) is initiated as Lambda Chi Alpha’s 100,000th member, the fifth fraternity to do so.
1968. George W. Spasyk becomes executive director after Duke Flad’s death.
1969. August. The concept of Fraternity Education replaces pledge education. August 31. The first Regional High Pi Conference is held.
1970. June 5. The first meeting of what was to become the Student Advisory Committee is held in Indianapolis. September 1. The first undergraduate member, Brad Peabody (Sewanee 1971), is elected to the Grand High Zeta. September 1. Linn C. Lightner (Franklin & Marshall 1918) retired after 50 years of service as editor of the Cross & Crescent, the longest editorship in the fraternity world.
1972. August. The term associate member replaces the term pledge in Lambda Chi Alpha.
1973. August. The first Grand High Alpha Awards and Phoenix Awards are presented.
1974. June 15. The new International Headquarters building is dedicated in northwest Indianapolis at 8741 Founders Road.



1983. August. The Standards for Chapter Excellence Program is introduced at the Leadership Seminar at Ball State in Muncie, Indiana.
1984. Numerous Founders Day and other commemorative events are conducted in celebration of Lambda Chi Alpha’s 75th anniversary.
1985. August. The first McIntosh Awards are presented to the chapters that successfully implement the Standards for Excellence program.
1988. A Resolution on Alcoholic Beverages is adopted by the 42nd General Assembly that prohibits chapters from purchasing or providing alcohol.
1989. Title of executive director is changed to executive vice president.
1990. June 30. George W. Spasyk retires as executive vice president following 40 years of service on the Administrative Staff. He is succeeded by Thomas A. Helmbock (Evansville 1970). August. The position of High Iota (risk manager) is adopted by the 43rd General Assembly, the first fraternity to create a risk management officer in every chapter. August. The 2.25 minimum grade point standard is adopted by the 43rd General Assembly.
1991. August. Lambda Chi Aplha initiates its 200,000th member, the third fraternity to do so.
1993. Omega Zeta at Auburn becomes the first chapter to initiate 2,000 members. November. Lambda Chi Alpha sponsors the inagural North American Food Drive, the largest single-day fraternity philanthropic project, and raises more than 256,000 pounds of food for the hungry.The Lambda Chi Alpha Educational Foundation of Canada is created.
1995. July. The General Fraternity is presented with the Summit Award from the American Society of Association Executives for its 1994 Brothers Feeding Others North American Food Drive efforts, becoming the first fraternity ever to receive this honor. November. The totals of the third annual North American Food Drive exceed 550,000 pounds of food, making it the largest single-day community service event of any student organization
1996. August. The LEAP program is introduced at Leadership Academy prior to the General Assembly in Dallas. It recognizes a commitment among our members to Lead by Example And Precept by attending one of four seminar levels designed to enhance a member’s leadership skills. The 46th General Assembly in Dallas adds two new positions to the Grand High Zeta. The ruling allows the 10 elected Board members to recruit two additional men for the newly created two-year terms, holding the director positions of Grand High Epsilon and Grand High Rho.
1997. November. North American Food Drive totals reach more than one million pounds.
1999. LEAP evolves into Impact Leadership, a program that supplements leadership training with interpersonal communication skills. November. North American Food Drive totals reach more than two million pounds.


2000 to 2010:

2001. September 11. When the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked, nine brothers lost their lives:Donald A. Delapenha (Baldwin-Wallace)
Chris M. Dincuff (Villanova)
Michael E. Gould (Villanova)
Robert D. W. Higley (Connecticut)
Todd R. Hill (Massachusetts)
Robert Hymel (Louisiana-Lafayette)
Justin J. Molisani Jr. (Lycoming)
Jerrold H. Paskins (Nebraska-Omaha)
Christopher J. Vialonga (Susquehanna)The Joseph T. Charles Mentor Leadership Program is unveiled. The program was designed to create and provide a link for undergraduate members to their future through advice and coaching from alumni of distinction in their chosen professional career path.November. North American Food Drive totals reach more than three million pounds.
2002. The chapter office of High Theta was established at the 49th General Assembly.
2003. September. The Joseph T. Charles Mentor Leadership Program becomes the fraternal world’s largest professional network, as undergraduates and alumni alike are able to utilize online resources to search for mentoring and employment opportunities.
2004. July. The Council of Presidents is officially created. The primary roles of the Council of Presidents are to help foster communication between High Alphas and coordinate the proposal of future legislation.The Student Advisory Committee selection process is changed from a Grand High Alpha appointment to a committee selection.
2005. June. William T. Farkas (Butler 1988) becomes Lambda Chi Alpha’s executive vice president after Tom Helmbock’s retirement. He is the Fraternity’s fifth full-time chief executive. July. The comprehensive multi faceted Alumni Adviser’s College is offered at the Leadership Seminar at the University of Maryland. It marks the adoption of a training structure that intends to elevate the role of chapter adviser to a truly educated mentor and guide for the undergraduate brothers. August. The Grand High Zeta approves the implementation of the Shine the Badge campaign, a multi-year endeavor to bring attention to the Fraternity’s Minimum Operating Standards and holding all chapters and colonies to these standards.
2006. March. Grand High Kappa Drew Hunter (Denver 1984) and Director of Chapter Services John Holloway (High Point 1993) conduct a retreat in Denver Colorado to bring to fruition a plan that addresses concerns many brothers shared about a need for a new, comprehensive development program focused on a brother’s entire journey in Lambda Chi Alpha — from recruitment to lifelong alumnus. Grand High Alpha Dr. Ed Leonard (William Jewell 1979) announces the Grand High Alpha Challenge acknowledging chapters who achieve seven goals: recruitment and retention, ritualism; scholarship; campus involvement; attendance at conferences; and implementation of the Outer Circle programming.
2007. January. True Brother is unanimously approved by the Grand High Zeta and Executive Vice President for implementation as the comprehensive values based programming for Lambda Chi Alpha. July. The leadership seminar is dedicated to Brother Jerre Stead and his wife, Mary Joy, for their belief in the benefit of values-based education. The True Brother Initiative is introduced to the entire brotherhood at the Stead Leadership Seminar in Memphis. The undergraduate’s response to the Shine the Badge campaign is wildly successful with the average chapter size growing 10 percent, the number of duly appointed High Pis increasing 19 percent since 2005, with 79 percent of the Zetas having at least one alumni adviser.
2008. July. At the 52nd General Assembly in Phoenix, Executive Vice President Bill Farkas kicks off Lambda Chi Alpha Centennial Celebration that continues through the fall of 2009.
2009. Approximately 900 brothers and guests attend the International Centennial Celebration held on July 31, 2009, at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Indianapolis.
2010. January. Board hosts five college presidents to discuss how Lambda Chi Alpha can better partner with host institutions. July. Lambda Chi Alpha selected to present at NASPA and ACPA, the premier conferences for senior student affairs professionals.


2011 to Present:

2011. The Educational Foundation announces a $20 Million Capital Campaign called the “Future Leaders Campaign” to assist with chapter programming, alumni outreach and many others.
2012. January. The Grand High Zeta approves a title change for the Executive Vice President to Chief Executive Officer.
2013. Feeding-America July 29. Lambda Chi Alpha and Feeding America formally announced a new national partnership designed to improve the fraternity’s food collection programs on college campuses. Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.
2014. Lambda Chi Alpha launched Officer Academy, an online officer training and transitioning program. This program provides officers with modules that educate them about their roles and responsibilities, as well as about Lambda Chi Alpha policies and procedures. Officer Academy (OA) also offers videos, certification quizzes and operations guides to give officers the tools they need to succeed in operating their chapters and colonies.