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Pi Beta Phi Chapter votes to close at Villanova University

Published On: 2018-10-03


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Pi Beta Phi Chapter votes to close at Villanova University 

Villanova, Penn. – October 3, 2018 – Collegiate members of Pi Beta Phi’s Pennsylvania Theta Chapter recently voted to cease operation effective November 11, 2018. For the past several years, the chapter struggled to grow the size of the chapter, rendering the chapter unable to sustain operations and the positive membership experience Pi Phi promises.

Pi Beta Phi volunteers and Headquarters staff have worked closely with the chapter and provided the highest level of support in hopes of creating and sustaining a chapter at Villanova University. Members of Pennsylvania Theta demonstrated a sincere effort to grow and meet Fraternity expectations; however, membership numbers continued to decline, and external factors become too great to overcome. During their October 1 chapter meeting,members voted to relinquish their charter to the Fraternity.

“Voting to close your chapter is one of the most difficult decisions I believe one can make,” Paula Shepherd, Pi Beta Phi Grand President,said. “However, in doing so, the Pi Phi women at Villanova University demonstrated the greatest of care and respect for our Fraternity. I commend these young women for this courage and demonstration of Pi Phi values.”

The Pennsylvania Theta Chapter was founded in 1990. Over 1,000 women have been initiated into Pi Beta Phi through the chapter.

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed 204 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae clubs worldwide. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship,develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity believes in the power of reading; and through its philanthropy, Read > Lead >Achieve®, promotes a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential.Its charge is for each and every Pi Beta Phi to find a way she can participate,donate or advocate for Read > Lead > Achieve. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.