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Alpha Kappa Psi
The Coat of Arms of Alpha Kappa Psi
Founded October 5, 1904 (1904-10-05) (105 years ago)
New York University, New York, NY
Type Professional (Business)
Scope International
 United States
 United Kingdom
Vision Statement Alpha Kappa Psi is recognized as the premier developer of principled business leaders
Colors Navy Blue and Gold
Symbol Phoenician Galley
Flower Yellow Rose
Jewel Blue Sapphire
Publication The Diary of Alpha Kappa Psi
Chapters 326 chartered, 208 active[1]
Members 11,912[1] collegiate
252,853+ total[1] lifetime
Badge Akpsi-badge.png
Headquarters 7801 East 88th St
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Homepage Alpha Kappa Psi Website

ΑΚΨ (Alpha Kappa Psi) is the oldest and one of the largest professional business fraternities.[2] The Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity was founded on October 5, 1904 at New York University, and was incorporated on May 20, 1905. It is currently headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.




International expansion into Canada

Alpha Kappa Psi became an international fraternity on Saturday, April 18, 1931 when the Beta Kappa Chapter was installed at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario. The ceremony was held at the Hotel London, and it was conducted by Grand President O. Arthur Kirkman, Grand Secretary-Treasurer J.D. Sparks, District Councilor J.R. Gabell, and members of from Phi Chapter of the University of Michigan, Beta Theta Chapter of Detroit College, and Beta Iota Chapter of Buffalo.

Restrictive membership clause

Membership in Alpha Kappa Psi was originally restricted to men who were "of the Christian faith and Caucasian race." By 1950, the restrictive clause in the fraternity's constitution was beginning to stir controversy on some college campuses. At the 1950 Alpha Kappa Psi Convention in Minnesota, delegates voted 66-44 in favor of dropping the restrictive membership clause from the national constitution.[3] Now Alpha Kappa Psi is coeducational, that is, it has both male and female members ("brothers").

International expansion into the United Kingdom

In March 2000, the Board of Directors of AKPsi approved expansion of the Fraternity into the United Kingdom. As a result, in 2001, new chapters were installed at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Manchester University and Manchester Metropolitan University. The installations were led by National President M.C. Moore, Chairman of the Board David P. Wendroff, Foundation Vice President R.K. Lee, CEO Gary L. Epperson, and five other brothers. This expansion prompted the creation of the 14th region of the Fraternity. In 2004, UMIST merged with Manchester University, and around the same time, the chapter at Manchester Metropolitan closed, leaving only one college chapter remaining in the UK. As a result, the United Kingdom Region was dissolved and the remaining chapter was moved under the authority of the Mideast Region.

Volunteer structure

Alpha Kappa Psi is managed by a cadre of Fraternity volunteers, all of which are un-paid and provide their time, talent, and treasure for the Fraternity.

  • Board of Directors. 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). It is made up of 9 alumni, elected for 3-year terms, staggering 3 elected each year. BOD officers are the Board Chairman, Vice Chairman, the Secretary, and the Treasurer. The Executive Committee is responsible for supervising the CEO and Heritage Center staff. The current Chairman of the Board is David Ralston, the highest-ranking volunteer in AKPsi.
  • Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation Board of Directors (FBOD) manages the Alpha Kappa Psi Foundation. The Alpha Kappa Psi Foundation was established in 1951 as a public, charitable and educational foundation. Its mission is "Providing resources for enhancing the educational experience of future business leaders." Currently, the Foundation distributes more than 30 grants and scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students. It also supports educational programs that develop leadership and professional development skills. The Foundation also publishes The Diary of Alpha Kappa Psi. The current Chairman of the Foundation Board is David Wendroff.
  • Management Team. The Management Team is made up of the elected executive-level leadership of the Fraternity. This body was previously known as the Grand Council until 1959 when it became known as the Board of Directors. In 1995, a separate Board of Directors was formed, so the President, Vice Presidents, Regional Directors then became known as the National Management Team. Recently, "National" was dropped from the title to reflect the Fraternity's international scope, even though the Fraternity has actually been international since 1931. Members of the current Management Team include the Fraternity President, Executive Vice President, and the 13 Regional Directors. The head of the Management Team is the Fraternity President.
  • Fraternity President. The Fraternity 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 Andrea Nemeth.
  • Executive Vice President. Position established in 2005; the Executive Vice President (EVP) assists the President and have such other duties as the President may direct. 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 until the term of the President's office has expired if the President is permanently unable to resume his or her duties. The current Fraternity EVP is Alexander Sultan.
  • Regional Director. Elected by each of the 13 regions for a term of 2 years, serves as a member of the Management Team and leads their respective Regional Management Teams (RMT).
  • Section Director. Supervises particular parts of a region, appointed by the Regional Director. Acts as a Assistant Regional Director, in lieu of the Regional Director when it is logistically prudent (usually due to geography or time constraints).
  • Regional Manager. Assists the Regional Director in areas they designate, including recruitment, technology, risk management, and operations. Appointed by the Regional Director.
  • Chapter Advisor. 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 chapter with a long-term and involved advisor succeed more.
  • Chapter Advisory Board. Similar to the regional managers, but focuses(ed) on one chapter. Appointed by the Chapter Advisor.

Heritage Center and staff

In 1923, 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. Today, AKPsi occupies a 9,400-square-foot (870 m2) building on Indianapolis' northeast side that serves as the headquarters for both the Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity and Alpha Kappa Psi Foundation. The two corporations have been operating from the Heritage Center since April 2005 and dedicated the facility in June 2005. 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. Gary Epperson has led the staff, serving as Executive Director and then CEO, since 1992.


  • Initiates in 2005-06: 5,697
  • Initiates in 2006-07: 6,001
  • Initiates in 2007-08: 5,988
  • Initiates since 1904: more than 252,853[1]
  • Number of current student members: 11,912
  • 2005 Convention attendance (Las Vegas): 805
  • 2007 Success Institute attendance: 2,351
  • 2007 Convention registrations (Washington, D.C.): 825
  • 2008 Success Institute attendance: 3,077


  1. To further the individual welfare of its members;
  2. To foster scientific research in the fields of commerce, accounts, and finance;
  3. To educate the public to appreciate and demand higher ideals therein; and
  4. To promote and advance, in institutions of college rank, courses leading to degrees in business administration.

Literature of ΑΚΨ

The Diary of Alpha Kappa Psi

The official magazine of the Fraternity first appeared on January 1, 1908, as The Alpha Diary. Howard M. Jefferson chaired the editorial committee that published the original four page monthly pamphlet of the Alpha Chapter. The name was changed in 1913 to The Diary of Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity to reflect its new fraternity-wide scope. The format remained the same, although increasing in number of pages, until it became a full fledged magazine, 6 x 9 inches (230 mm) in size, in 1917. The title was also changed that year to The Alpha Kappa Psi Diary. John D. Sparks was appointed editor in 1928, and page size of The Diary was increased to 8½ x 11 inches (280 mm) with two and three column pages and a different two-color cover for each issue. In 1929 under Sparks, the magazine also adopted its current name, The Diary of Alpha Kappa Psi.

The Diary is currently published three times a year in October, February, and June by the Alpha Kappa Psi Foundation. It features information on Fraternity and Foundation news, as well as educational articles focusing on professional development. In recent years, the magazine has earned several College Fraternity Editors Association (CFEA) awards.

  • 3rd place Web Site (2008)
  • 2nd place Logo Design (2008)
  • 3rd place Total Communications (2008)
  • 3rd place Fred F. Yoder Award for Overall Excellence (2008)
  • 2nd place Content and Design award for Annual Report (2006)
  • 3rd place Design Award for Two-Page or Less Layout (2006)
  • 1st place Design Award for Two-Page or Less Layout (2005)
  • 3rd place Design Award for Cover Design (2005)
  • 3rd place Fred F. Yoder Award for Overall Excellence (2005)
  • 2nd place Fred F. Yoder Award for Overall Excellence (2004)
  • 2nd place Banta Total Communications Award (2004)
  • 2nd place Design Award for Critic's Choice Cover (2004)
  • 2nd place Design Award for Logo Design (2004)
  • 3rd place Design Award for Two-Page or Less Layout (2004)

The Handbook of Alpha Kappa Psi

The Handbook of Alpha Kappa Psi is a comprehensive information source and guide for members and officers of the Fraternity. The publication includes topics such as a detailed history of AKPsi, a directory of notable alumni, organizational structure, awards, emblems, alumni information, chapter administration, finances, public relations, ritual, and a great deal of other useful information. The origin of the handbook is traced to 1926 when Ralph L. Power of Nu Chapter, issued a publication titled Handbook of Alpha Kappa Psi, a Manual for Nu Chapter. The handbook was first published Fraternity-wide in 1934, and it has since been followed by several more comprehensive and revised editions. The last edition published was the seventh edition in 1997, edited by Theodore G. Ehrsam. Ehrsam was also working on the eighth edition before he entered Audit Eternal in July 2004. The eighth edition was to be published in fall 2004 as part of the Fraternity's Centennial Celebration.


Alpha Kappa Psi recognizes that
We live in deeds, not years;
In thought, not breath;
In service, not in figures on the dial.
We count time by heart-throbs,
When they beat for God, for man, for duty.
He lives most who thinks most,
Is noblest, acts the best.

Dr. D. Shaw Duncan, Beta Chapter

Notable alumni

Members of Alpha Kappa Psi have held almost every major political position in the United States, including the presidency and vice-presidency. Many members have gained notable positions on boards of directors and executive management teams of some of the world's most well known companies.



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