"Go Beta" Member Recruitment Brochure

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I am a man of principle.

I believe in the power of the mind, cultivating my own intellect and the minds of others.

I respect leadership, lead when called upon to do so and help to prepare the leaders who will come after me.

I willingly lend my talents and abilities to the service of my community.

I recognize and respect the worth of each person, refusing to take part in activities that undermine the dignity of others or myself.

I choose to act responsibly, weighing the consequences of my actions on those around me.

I speak honestly and listen actively.

I seek the company of other men of principle, extending them the bonds of brotherhood.

I build bridges, not walls.

I am a Beta.



Dear Potential New Member of Beta Theta Pi,

You are on the threshold of a decision to join Beta Theta Pi, which will change your life as an collegiate and provide a lifetime of loyal friends and career opportunities. As a long-time volunteer and witness to the success of Beta’s Men of Principle initiative, I know the value of cultivating an abundance of new leaders who are men of character and men with energy levels to succeed in business, public life, the clergy and the military — in other words, men who will create the future.

Beta Theta Pi does not tolerate alcohol abuse, drug use or hazing. We do believe in finding outstanding men on each college campus who practice academic excellence, display reverence in telling the truth, exhibit leadership potential and possess the selfless qualities which bind men together in solid brotherhood of sharing joy and sorrow, together.

I have championed the merit of a strong fraternity and sorority community because I believe it enhances the quality of undergraduate social and leadership building exercises. I have been proud of my membership in Beta Theta Pi because I was inspired during four great years at Emory University in Atlanta with Beta brothers who have meant so much to me the last 35 years. The ability to serve the Fraternity and continue to meet new brothers and network with fellow Beta alumni ever since my collegiate years has been equally rewarding. It will be for you, too. “Once a Beta, always a Beta, everywhere a Beta.”

My friend, I hope you will consider, carefully, the unparalleled opportunity and the challenge this moment presents in your life. I look forward to supporting your highest aspirations now and in years to come.


Social scientists argue we become who we surround ourselves with. Additionally, they argue that one’s college years are perhaps the most developmental of all. Right now, you have an opportunity to decide who to surround yourself with: men who, every day, strive to be of value to their community, develop their minds and forge lasting relationships that transcend the college experience.

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“I got everything I could possibly ask for from this Fraternity. Of course, the only thing I have found experience-wise worth passing along is, as you go through life, do something bigger than yourself.”
— Ray Mabus, Mississippi ‘69, U.S. Secretary of the Navy
Former Governor of Mississippi and Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


To develop men of principle for a principled life.


Every member will live Beta Theta Pi’s values.


To build lasting bonds of friendship and brotherhood, Beta calls for:


Betas believe that men are mutually obligated to help others in the honorable labors and aspirations of life.


Betas are devoted to continually cultivating their minds, including high standards of academic achievement.


Betas develop absolute faith and confidence in one another by being true to themselves and others.


Betas choose to act responsibly, weighing the consequences of their actions on themselves and those around them.


Betas preserve their character by doing what is morally right and demanding the same from their brothers.




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A great college experience goes beyond the classroom — it teaches real life. That’s why the Beta Theta Pi Foundation has completed two $20 million capital campaigns to support the development of leadership and life skills in its members. With award-winning leadership programs for its undergraduates to meet and learn from fellow Betas throughout North America, Betas gain real experience that pays off after graduation.

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“We’re all working together; that’s the secret.”
— Sam Walton, Missouri ’40 Founder, Walmart


John and Nellie Wooden Institute for Men of Principle

An intense five-day educational experience designed to lead groups of the most promising Beta leaders across North America through a program of core values, leading with integrity, enhancing chapter motivation, team building, effective confrontation and service learning.

Miller Nichols Chapter Presidents Leadership Academy

Three days of intense discussion, leadership training and goal setting, which is hosted at the Fraternity’s founding site with all chapter presidents in attendance.

Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI)

This North-American Interfraternity Conference program is a coeducational, principle-centered institute designed to create positive change for college campuses and Greek communities.

Keystone Regional Leadership Conference

A high quality three-day experience focusing on chapter officer development, principled leadership and volunteer training. Although Beta has other popular values-based leadership programs, this is the first that teaches operational concepts to chapter officers and advisors.

Peter F. Greiner Leadership College

This annual experience provides leadership training and education for up-and-coming leaders of Beta chapters during the Fraternity’s General Convention.

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“Older men can lead, direct, encourage, correct and inspire younger men. Likewise, young men can give older men strength, courage, faith and add ‘future to their minds.’ This is what happens when the hand of age grips the hand of youth.”


The Beta tradition has produced some of North America’s most outstanding men. Guided by the values of the Fraternity and the brotherhood that pushes a Beta to achieve more than he could alone, the rolls of Beta Theta Pi include astronauts, statesmen, military heroes, artists, journalists, athletes, musicians, actors, educators, physicians, philanthropists and a multitude of Fortune 500 CEOs, just to name a few

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Dr. Seth R. Brooks, St. Lawrence
Beta Theta Pi General Fraternity President and General Secretary



Mike Bennet, Wesleyan ’87, U.S. Senator, Colorado

Dick Gephardt, Northwestern ’62, Congressman, Missouri

Mark Hatfield, Willamette ’43, U.S. Senator, Oregon

Doug Jones, Alabama ’76, U.S. Senator, Alabama

Richard Lugar, Denison ’54, U.S. Senator, Indiana

Jim Martin, Davidson ’54, North Carolina Governor

Bill Nelson, Florida/Yale ’65, U.S. Senator, Florida; Astronaut

Kevin Stitt Oklahoma State ’95, Oklahoma Governor

John Turner, British Columbia ’49, Canadian Prime Minister

John Warner, Washington and Lee ’50, U.S. Senator, Virginia


Mike Brown, Dartmouth ’57, Owner, NFL Cincinnati Bengals

Jay Fiedler, Dartmouth ’94, NFL Quarterback

Shahid Khan, Illinois ’70, Owner, NFL Jacksonville Jaguars

Scott McCarron, UCLA ’89, PGA Golfer

Jamey Rootes, Clemson ‘88, President, NFL Houston Texans

Mike Schmidt, Ohio ’71, MLB Hall of Famer

Stan Smith, Southern California ’69, Wimbledon Tennis Champion

Steve Marino, Virginia ’02, PGA Golfer


John Backe, Miami ’54, CEO, CBS

Dan Carney, Wichita State ’63, Co-founder, Pizza Hut

Richard Heckert, Miami ’44, CEO, DuPont

Hugh McColl, North Carolina ’57, CEO, Bank of America

Bruce Nordstrom, Washington ’55, CEO, Nordstrom

Frank Shrontz, Idaho ’53, CEO, Boeing

Warren Staley, Kansas State ’65, CEO, Cargill

Sam Walton, Missouri ’40, Founder and Chairman, Walmart

John Warnock, Utah ’61, Co-founder, Adobe Systems, Inc.


Joe Allen, DePauw ’59

Ken Cameron, MIT ’71

Paul Wietz, Penn State ’54


William Anderson, Whitman ’51 (“Batman” Adam West)

Neil Everett, Oregon ’84 (Broadcaster, ESPN’s “SportsCenter”) Richard Karn, Washington ’78 (“Al” on “Home Improvement”) George Peppard, Purdue ’52 (“A-Team”)

John Rietz Jr., Northwestern ’54 (“Mr. Brady” Robert Reed)

Brian White, Dartmouth ’95, (“Moesha,” “CSI: Miami,”

“Stomp the Yard,” and “Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse”)


John Dolibois, Miami ’42, Ambassador to Luxembourg Glen Holden, Oregon ’51, Ambassador to Jamaica Eric Javits, Columbia ’52, Ambassador to the OPCW (The Hague) David Mulford, Lawrence ’59, Ambassador to India


Joe Albaugh, Oklahoma State ’74, Director of FEMA Stephen Bechtel Jr., Purdue ’47, CEO, Bechtel Construction Bill Bowerman, Oregon ’33, Co-founder, Nike Barney Calame, Missouri ’61, Public Editor, The New York Times Howard Fineman, Colgate ’70, Huffington Post, MSNBC Analyst Ray Mabus, Miss. ’69, U.S. Navy Secretary; Amb. to Saudi Arabia Ed Roski, Southern California ’62, CEO, Majestic Realty, Co-owner, L.A. Lakers, Kings and Staples Center

Stephen Sondheim, Williams ’50, Broadway Composer

John Wooden, Purdue ’32, UCLA Basketball Coaching Legend

Jimmy Yen, Yale 1918, Worldwide Humanitarian and Educator

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Heralded as one of North America’s great old college fraternities, Beta Theta Pi is long in experience and certainly not short in its list of member achievements.

Known today as “The Leadership Fraternity,” Beta’s list of alumni who have gone on to achieve extraordinary professional and personal success is both inspiring and reinforcing to those who call Beta Theta Pi their own.

 Vice President of the United States

 Prime Minister of Canada

 Nearly 200 members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives – more than any other fraternity –including two Speakers of the House

 Eight U.S. Supreme Court Justices – more than any other fraternity

 Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

 32 Ambassadors

 52 Governors to 30 States

 Two Canadian Premiers

 Six Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients

 Seven Presidential Medal of Freedom Honorees

 Four Astronauts

 34 Olympic Gold Medalists

 Three Nobel Prize Laureates

 5 Oscars, 9 Tonys, 15 Grammys, 81 Emmys and 2 Peabodys

 12 Pulitzer Prize Winners

 85 Rhodes Scholars – more than any other fraternity


John Wooden, Purdue ’32 Nicknamed the “Wizard of Westwood,” he won 10 NCAA basketball championships in a 12-year period— seven in a row — as head coach at UCLA, an unprecedented feat. Within this period, his teams won a record 88 consecutive games. He was named national coach of the year six times.

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“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

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