Theta Chi Fraternity Announces Final Round of 2016/2017 Recruitment Award Recipients

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 2:00 pm

Theta Chi Fraternity Announces Final Round of 2016/2017 Recruitment Award Recipients

Bloomington, IN - Theta Chi is pleased to announce the final round of 2016/2017 recruitment award recipients. The James M. Holland and Phil S. Randall awards were created to recognize and honor the Fraternity’s top recruiting chapters for the previous academic year. Winners were determined based on the total number of newly initiated members according to the International Headquarters files between May 15, 2016 and May 15, 2017. All active chapters are eligible for consideration for one or more of these honors.

Theta Chi Fraternity's recruitment awards are named in honor of the collegiate members who saved the Fraternity from extinction. In 1881, Theta Chi found itself with one undergraduate member, James Michael Holland. Holland did not quit, but struggled to find a solution. Fortunately for Theta Chi, one new cadet, Phil Sheridan Randall, felt strongly that Theta Chi was worth saving. Randall convinced his friend Henry Blanchard Hersey that they should become members of Theta Chi. Randall and Hersey approached Holland to join Theta Chi, and he agreed to initiate the two cadets, enlisting the help of local alumni. Randall and Hersey were initiated on Nov. 19, 1881, saving Theta Chi at Norwich University, and securing the future of the entire Fraternity.


 James M. Holland Award – Presented to the chapter that initiates the most new members

  • Second Runner Up: Gamma Rho/Florida State University – 53 initiates

Brothers from Gamma Rho/Florida State pictured with International Historian Brad Burk and Executive Director Mike Mayer

 Phil S. Randall Success in Recruitment Award – Presented to chapters that initiate 25 or more new members during the previous academic year. 

  • Iota Beta/Missouri State University – 45 initiates
  • Delta Kappa/Ball State University – 43 initiates
  • Zeta Rho/University of Kentucky – 40 initiates
  • Theta Epsilon/Kennesaw State University – 39 initiates
  • Iota Mu/University of Missouri – 39 initiates
  • Beta Delta/Rutgers University – 30 initiates
  • Alpha Tau/Ohio University – 29 initiates
  • Alpha Pi/University of Minnesota – 25 initiates

 Randall Award winners with International Historian Brad Burk and Executive Director Mike Mayer

Today, the Holland and Randall Awards recognize the recruitment efforts of Theta Chi chapters and their dedication to maintain and preserve Theta Chi Fraternity for the generations of brothers to come. Congratulations to all recipients and good luck with your recruitment efforts in 2017/2018!


Founded in 1856, Theta Chi Fraternity is a men’s collegiate fraternity with more than 185,000 initiated members and has established 235 chapters. Leadership development, personal development, and service to alma mater are fundamental to Theta Chi Fraternity’s mission.