Published: October 4, 2023

CARMEL, IN - Theta Chi is pleased to announce the 2022/2023 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, 2022, and May 15, 2023. 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 collegiate 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 November 19, 1881, saving Theta Chi at Norwich University, and securing the future of the entire Fraternity.

The Holland, Randall, and Hersey Awards recognize the recruitment efforts of Theta Chi chapters and their dedication to maintaining and preserving Theta Chi Fraternity for the generations of brothers to come.

2022/2023 James M. Holland AwardPresented to the chapter that initiates the highest number of new members.

Winner: Gamma Rho/Florida State – 80 initiates

First Runner-Up: Delta Upsilon/Arizona State – 72 initiates

Second Runners-Up: Alpha Phi/Alabama – 63 initiates

2022/2023 Phil S. Randall Success in Recruitment AwardPresented to chapters that initiate 25 or more new members during the previous academic year. Forty-two chapters (42) were recognized for 2022/2023.

• Alpha Xi/Delaware (25 initiates)

• Delta Alpha/Linfield (25 initiates)

• Kappa Gamma/North Florida (25 initiates)

• Phi/North Dakota State (27 initiates)

• Epsilon Kappa/Idaho (27 initiates)

• Eta Psi/UAB (28 initiates)

• Iota Pi/LSU (28 initiates)

• Kappa Zeta/Arkansas (28 initiates)

• Iota Theta/Central Florida (29 initiates)

• Iota Mu/Missouri (29 initiates)

• Iota Tau/Northern Kentucky (29 initiates)

• Theta/Massachusetts (30 initiates)

• Beta Zeta/Michigan State (30 initiates)

• Theta Omega/Appalachian State (30 initiates)

• Beta Sigma/Lehigh (31 initiates)

• Gamma Kappa/Miami (OH) (31 initiates)

• Delta Rho/NC State (35 initiates)

• Eta/Rhode Island (36 initiates)

• Zeta Phi/Cal Poly (36 initiates)

• Eta Kappa/James Madison (38 initiates)

• Theta Epsilon/Kennesaw State (38 initiates)

• Alpha Sigma/Oregon (40 initiates)

• Psi/Wisconsin (42 initiates)

• Eta Lambda/Virginia Tech (42 initiates)

• Delta Beta/Georgia (43 initiates)

• Beta Alpha/UCLA (44 initiates)

• Beta Phi/Nevada (44 initiates)

• Kappa Omicron/Tennessee (44 initiates)

• Zeta/New Hampshire (45 initiates)

• Iota Phi/South Carolina (45 initiates)

• Chi/Auburn (47 initiates)

• Alpha Iota/Indiana (47 initiates)

• Kappa Nu/Colorado (48 initiates)

• Gamma Xi/San Jose State (50 initiates)

• Zeta Rho/Kentucky (50 initiates)

• Iota Beta/Missouri State (50 initiates)

• Alpha Delta/Purdue (53 initiates)

• Alpha Lambda/Ohio State (59 initiates)

• Tau/Florida (60 initiates)

• Alpha Phi/Alabama (63 initiates)

• Delta Upsilon/Arizona State (72 initiates)

• Gamma Rho/Florida State (80 initiates)

2022/2023 Henry B. Hersey Significant Increase in Membership AwardPresented to chapters that have the highest membership percent increase from the previous year.

Winner: Delta Upsilon/Arizona State – 40 initiates in May 2022 to 133 initiates in May 2023, a 233% increase in membership!

Honorable Mention: Omega/Penn State – 17 initiates in May 2022 to 39 initiates in May 2023, a 129% increase in membership.


About Theta Chi: Founded in 1856, Theta Chi Fraternity is a men’s collegiate fraternity with more than 200,000 initiated members and has established 245 chapters. Theta Chi’s mission is to develop college-age men into successful students, good citizens, lifelong brothers, and resolute leaders.