Posted by:Nick Hoke | Published: September 14, 2021

Theta Chi Announces 2020/2021 Recruitment Award Recipients

Lexington, KY - Theta Chi is pleased to announce the 2020/2021 recruitment award recipients. The James M. Holland, Phil S. Randall, and Henry B. Hersey 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, 2020 and May 15, 2021. 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 S. Randall, felt strongly that Theta Chi was worth saving. Randall convinced his friend Henry B. 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.

Today, the Holland, Randall, and Hersey 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. 

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

Winner: Gamma Rho/Florida State – 75 initiates

First Runner-Up: Chi/Auburn – 54 initiates

Second Runners-Up: Alpha Iota/Indiana & Iota Mu/Missouri – 50 initiates

2021/2021 Holland Award Winner - Gamma Rho/Florida State

Phil S. Randall Success in Recruitment Award – Presented to chapters that initiate 25 or more new members during the previous academic year. Twenty-two chapters were recognized with the 2020/2021 Randall Award:

Iota/Colgate – 25 initiates

Kappa Zeta/Arkansas – 25 initiates

Delta Beta/Georgia – 26 initiates

Zeta Rho/Kentucky – 26 initiates

Iota Psi/RIT – 26 initiates

Alpha Sigma/Oregon – 28 initiates

Gamma Omicron/Wake Forest – 28 initiates

Iota Beta/Missouri State – 28 initiates

Eta Alpha/Clemson – 29 initiates

Beta Zeta/Michigan State – 31 initiates

Eta Kappa/James Madison – 32 initiates

Psi/Wisconsin – 36 initiates

Alpha Lambda/Ohio State – 37 initiates

Iota Phi/South Carolina – 38 initiates

Eta Lambda/Virginia Tech – 40 initiates

Tau/Florida – 44 initiates

Alpha Phi/Alabama – 49 initiates

Iota Theta/Central Florida – 49 initiates

Alpha Iota/Indiana – 50 initiates

Iota Mu/Missouri – 50 initiates

Chi/Auburn – 54 initiates

Gamma Rho/Florida State – 75 initiates

Henry B. Hersey Significant Increase in Membership Award – Presented to chapters that have the highest membership percent increase from the previous year.

Winner: Iota Psi/RIT – 147.37% increase from May 15, 2020 to May 15, 2021!

Honorable Mention: Epsilon Zeta/Tampa – 73.08% increase from May 15, 2020 to May 15, 2021!

Founded in 1856, Theta Chi Fraternity is a men’s collegiate fraternity with more than 196,000 initiated members and has established 244 chapters. Theta Chi’s mission is to develop college-age men into successful students, good citizens, lifelong brothers, and resolute leaders.