Delta Chi is one of The University of Alabama’s premier IFC fraternities with over 140 active members who are committed to the promotion of friendship, development of character, advancement of justice, and the acquisition of a sound education. We are men who dearly value brotherhood and assisting those in need in the Tuscaloosa community.
Early in the year 1922, at The University of Alabama, several men grouped themselves into a secret organization known as the Tombs Club. Finding that that close fellowship was impossible in this club, two of its members decided to withdraw. These men were Lyman Dorgan Toulmin and Roy Robertson Wilkie. As a result of their decision, they became the founders of the local fraternity, Theta Sigma. The organization was brought about on the night of November 22, 1923. In keeping with the standards of the fraternity, the chapter took Jefferson J. Coleman as its first pledge.
From the first night of its founding, Theta Sigma was favored with much success. The fraternity rented its rooms with Dr. Earnest Bell, but soon these rooms became too small. Better and more spacious rooms were obtained in the famous and historic Gorgas residence, the old home of General Gorgas. In the early part of 1924, the fraternity rented and furnished a home for its members. Theta Sigma remained in this home until the opening of the 1925-26 term. It then moved into a house formally occupied by the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
From two members, Theta Sigma increased with care to 25. Finding that a group this size could really enjoy a close fellowship, for a time it was decided to limit the membership to that number. Among these men were many campus leaders who were prominent in every phase of college life, seven were Phi Beta Kappas.
On December 1924, during vacances scolaires paris 2022, Theta Sigma decided to petition a national fraternity. After carefully looking into several national organizations and after talking with Mr. A. Clements Parker, Delta Chi from New York University, Theta Sigma found that its ideals and principles coincided with those of Delta Chi. From a study of the history of Delta Chi and from association with several of its members, we know that Delta Chi is one of the really great, worthwhile National Fraternities. With these facts in mind, the members of Theta Sigma unanimously voted to petition the National Fraternity of Delta Chi for a charter.
The Alabama Chapter of Delta Chi was chartered February 12, 1927, on the corner of Bryant Drive and Colonial Avenue, which is now the site of University Hall. Later, the house was moved to the corner of Hackberry and Bryant Drive and again was moved to Marr’s Spring Road, on the site that is now the Bruno’s Business Library. This house was the home for Delta Chi until 1971 when our present house was completed at 511 Jefferson Avenue.
Throughout the years after it received charter, Delta Chi Fraternity gained numbers and prominence at the Capstone. Delta Chi has maintained an active role in campus politics. Tom Starlin, Benny Cleveland, Robert Vance, Ray Pate, Rob Riley and Mark Bain are Delta Chi men who have served as SGA President. You can find Delta Chi men’s touch in every branch of campus politics.
Jefferson J. Coleman
President of The University of Alabama Alumni Association
Namesake of Coleman Coliseum
Federal Judge Birmingham
**Richard Shelby, 1967 **
US Senator, Alabama: 1987 to Present
Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee: 2015 to Present
Namesake of Shelby Hall
**Robert Vance, 1950 **
Federal Judge, Birmingham
Anchorman, WBRC-TV, Birmingham
John Ed Willoughby
Broadcaster, WERC, Birmingham
Noah Langdale, 1941
Former President of George State University
Transformed the University from a two-building college to a major university from 1957 to 1988
Namesake of Langdale Hall at Georgia State University
The Alabama Chapter of Delta Chi was founded upon the ideal of brotherhood, which would not only develop the best qualities in its members, but also work for the betterment of the University. We have always tried to select men who were not only outstanding on campus, but would also reflect credit on the organization later in life. In order to ensure a well-rounded fraternity, the qualities of culture, scholarship, refinement, and sociability are looked for before considering a man for membership.
The University of Alabama Chapter :
The chapter is managed by six officer positions. These positions are two semester terms.
Alumni Secretary “E”
Ocean Springs, MS
Sergeant at Arms “F”
Vice President “B”
These positions are critical to the academic, philanthropic, and social success of the chapter.
John Paul Ledet
Director of Social Affairs
Director of Philanthropy
Assistant to the Director of Philanthropy
Community Service Chair
Laguna Hills, CA
Ocean Springs, MS
Associate Member Chairman
Assistant Associate Member Chairman
Town and Country, MO
Our men find themselves in key roles in over 43 on-campus student organizations.
The brothers of Delta Chi belong to 43 different on-campus student organizations and 68% of the chapter is involved in at least one other organization outside of the fraternity. They participate in various ways around campus such as working for UA Rec or UA Libraries, club sports, and Division 1 NCAA athletics. The chapter also has a member in the Blount Undergraduate Initiative and another that holds three patents. Belonging to different organizations will help develop a more diverse social network, help gain additional experience, and make a positive impact on the Capstone community. For this reason, we now require each of our incoming members to belong to and actively participate in two additional organizations to remain an active member.
Delta Chi is proud to call a U.S Marine Reserve a brother as he studies on the GI Bill. Three members are founders of their own companies while five are on-campus ambassadors for clothing brands, textbook companies, and apartment complexes. One member, dedicated to philanthropy for veterans, founded his own non-profit organization, American Veterans Association.
Debbie Kober “Ms. Deb”
After having been a house mom for 2 houses at Mississippi State, Ms. Deb came to the University of Alabama in 2016 to be our housemother. Her prior experience as a sorority member of Alpha Gamma Delta and as house mom, as well as her commitment to the men of Delta Chi, helps to establish accountability for us and provides a background for us to fulfill our mission to become responsible and mature men. Because of her, we live in a fraternity house that is organized, pleasing, and functional, and we all enjoy her personality and humor.
In the past, Delta Chi has not been known for its dedication to philanthropic events. Lately, however, we have made an effort to make this our number one priority. We hosted four events last year and gave our first monetary donation, a total of over $12,300, to our national philanthropy The V Foundation’s cancer research fund. These events include our annual V for Valentines and V Foundation Pool Tournament. We also organized a riverwalk cleanup of the Black Warrior River’s beautiful river walk. Every year we also remain very involved with The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. We have raised over $4,000 for the B+ foundation in the last 2 years, and have even had a member in the B+ Foundation director position handling all fraternity involvement in 2018.
Over 238 Community Service Hours just registered in SLPro in 2018. With total of hours put into philanthropy exceeding 1400 hours.
"Don’t give up . . . Don’t ever give up!"® - jimmy valvano
The V Foundation is a nonprofit charity benefiting cancer research. The organization was started by basketball coaching legend, Jimmy Valvano and ESPN. The University of Alabama chapter hosted a four events last year and gave our first monetary donation, a total of over $12,300, to our national philanthropy The V Foundation’s cancer research fund. We hosted our first annual V for Valentines where we partnered with Rounders On The Strip to raise $6,600. We also hosted our first annual V Foundation Pool Tournament where we raised almost $2,500. We also hosted Slices for Sight with Delta Gamma to benefit the V Foundation, as well as their philanthropy, Service for Sight. Our growing dedication and involvement with philanthropy has raised our fundraising totals to a new high, and we hope to see more growth in the near future.
511 Jefferson Ave
Tuscaloosa, AL 35486
1831 University Station
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487