In total, 54 men were initiated into the Fraternity, bringing the chapter's total ranks to 1,645 members, dating back to the chapter's installation in October of 1901. The long history of the organization, combined with the excellent caliber of student at Vanderbilt, has long made for a perfect match of Phi Kappa Psi's values and mission.
"We are extremely excited to be back as an active chapter on the Vanderbilt campus," Executive Director Shawn Collinsworth said. "Our long history on the campus, coupled with a tremendous network of alumni, made this expansion a top priority for us over the past two years."
The path back to being an active chapter started in the fall of 2011 with the colonization of a small group of students. Several alumni had put in time and money to organize a support network on the ground and also make significant improvements to the chapter property. The National Fraternity routinely sent expansion staff to Nashville to help the colony grow and work on its petition to reclaim the charter.
"I am so proud of the work these young men put in to seeing this process through to the re-chartering," Director of Expansion Ron Ransom said. "But, I would be remiss if I didn't recognize the valuable support so many alumni provided throughout this process. Without them, we would not have been successful and may not have been able to return to Vanderbilt as quickly as we did."
Phi Kappa Psi is invested and dedicated to the long-term survival of Phi Kappa Psi at Vanderbilt and maintaining a tradition of service and excellence within the chapter and student population.