Kentucky Eta

The Kentucky Eta chapter of Phi Delta Theta was chartered on May 7, 1966. The Phi Delta Chi local fraternity led by Bill Hatter, began in the early 1960’s. This group along with several other local fraternities decided to join together to form the first Phi Delta Theta chapter at Western Kentucky University. Led by Bond number one, Bill Hatter, the group began and had immediate success.

Today, the Phi Delta Theta chapter at WKU has 119 active members, a 3.11 chapter GPA, and recently raised $17,000 for the ALS Association. Our members are spread across campus in numerous other organizations that they are passionate about such as Spirit Masters, Student United Way, HOLAS, and many others. Our group also is comprised of men from 30 different counties in Kentucky and have men that are studying 21 different topics at WKU. While this is a social organization, our members also excel in the classroom and rank second in grades among the IFC fraternities in the latest semester grade report. Our chapter was also recently awarded the Clark Jackson award for raising the most money for Lou Gehrig’s disease and the ALS Association. Through the tireless effort of many active members and alumni, we raised a little over $17,000 during the previous year to help victims of ALS and also fund research for this terrible disease.

While numerous things about our local chapter have changed over the years, one thing has always remained the same, a dedication to cultivating boys into men. Our chapter focuses on creating an environment that allows each member to try and become the greatest version of themselves. We will always hold true to our cardinal principles of friendship, sound learning, and moral rectitude and through this mindset make an impact on those around us, the communities we live in, and the world.

“Joining Phi Delta Theta has been one of the best decisions I have made thus far in my collegiate career. This incredible organization and the guys I call brothers have challenged me to step out of my comfort zone to become the greatest version of myself. I have learned pivotal life skills and built friendships that will last a lifetime. Thank you, Phi Delta Theta, for providing a platform that would give me countless opportunities to grow not only as a student but as a man.” 

Jordan Tackett, Bond 824

Jordan Tackett

“Where the man you are meets the man you will become; some may view this as a result of college but I see this specifically as a result of Phi Delta Theta. Because of this fraternity, I have established a sense of professionalism that will shift into my post-graduation job as a Phi Delta Theta Consultant. Even though sometimes we may be separated by distance, I have made bonds that will last a lifetime” Gavin Knies, Bond 740

Gavin Knies

When I pledged I was just a boy. Phi Delt helped me become a man. I learned How to organize and lead. I learned how to dress and speak professionally. I made great friends who I now consider family. I love Phi Delta Theta and will be forever grateful for the experience. –Gabriel Fancher, Bond 493

Gabriel Fancher

“Phi Delta Theta has been the greatest experience of my collegiate career. I have been able to grow as an individual through the exposure to new ideas from a diverse group of men, foster lifelong friendships, and excel both academically and socially. I would encourage each incoming freshman to look at becoming a part of this great brotherhood by becoming a brother in the Bond.” – Matthew Bunnell, Bond 718

Matt Bunnell
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If you have a question about our chapter, our members, or any other aspect of our organization, please send us your name and a brief message so that we can get you an answer. If you are an alumnus of our organization, we would ask that you please comment with your latest information to ensure that our chapter records are up to date. Our group thanks you for visiting our website.

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