Epsilon History



National History
In 1904, four men at New York University came together to found the nation's first professional business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi. Driven by a spirit of brotherhood professional growth of its members, the fraternity provides skills, knowledge, and opportunities beyond the classroom.  There are 245 active college chapters, 66 active alumni chapters, and 200,000 members, all dedicated to the same brotherhood and professional development that first motivated the "Brooklyn Four."

Chapter History
The founding members of the fraternity felt a need to establish an organization that stressed the bonds of brotherhood as well as professional business skills. Their attempts to realize this goal led to the founding of the Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, the first professional business fraternity at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Epsilon Chapter was founded on April 16, 1913 as the 5th chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi. Epsilon has graduated well over 1,500 alumni since 1913. The current brotherhood of Epsilon consists of over 130 members in our tight-knit community.
AKPsi Coat of Arms

Notable Alumni

Ronald Reagan (Alpha Zeta)
40th President of United States

Richard Nixon (Beta Omicron)
37th President of United States

Benazir Bhutto
Prime Minister of Pakistan

Warren E. Hearnes
Governor of Missouri

Malcolm "Steve" Forbes, Jr.
U.S. Presidential Candidate
Publisher and Chairman, Forbes, Inc.

Lamar Alexander
Tennessee Governor
U.S. Secretary of Education

Luther H. Hodges (Alpha Tau)
U.S. Secretary of Commerce

William M. Martin Jr. (Beta Mu)
Federal Reserve Board Chairman

George Romney (Phi)
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Daniel C. Roper (Beta Eta)
U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Edwin M. Clark (Upsilon)
President, Southwestern Bell Telephone

Artemus D. Davis (Alpha Kappa)
President, Winn-Dixie Stores

Frederic G. Donner (Phi)
President and Chairman, General Motors Corp.

Leonard K. Firestone (Alpha Zeta)
President, Firestone Rubber Co.

Wilfred D. Gillen (Epsilon Rho)
President, Bell Telephone

Edwin Hays Gott (Alpha Sigma)
President, U.S. Steel

Samuel F. Hinkle (Gamma Epsilon)
President and Chairman, Hershey Foods

Dudley Dowell (Gamma Epsilon)
President, New York Life Insurance Co.

Donald Douglas Jr. (Alpha Upsilon)
President, Douglas Aircraft Corporation

William M. Allen (Rho)
President, Boeing Airplane Company

C. R. Smith (Iota)
U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Robert S. McNamara (Phi)
U.S. Secretary of Defense

Clarence W. Meadows
Governor of West Virginia

W. Haydon Burns
Governor of Florida

Bill Bradley
U.S. Presidential Candidate
U.S. Senator from New Jersey
NBA All-Star

Frank D. Stella
Former Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party

Dr. Walter Heller (Alpha Eta)
Economic Advisor to
Presidents Kennedy and Johnson

Sam Walton
Founder, Wal-Mart and Sam's Club

Bernard Faubert
Chief Executive Officer, K-Mart

Lee Iacocca
Chairman, Chrysler Corporation

Arthur Anderson (Gamma)
Arthur Anderson Consulting

Joyce C. Hall (Psi)
Founder, Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Gordon M. Metcalf (Gamma)
Chairman and CEO, Sears Roebuck and Co.

Arjay R. Miller (Phi)
President and Vice Chairman, Ford Motor Company

James C. Penny (Upsilon)
Founder, President, and Chairman, J.C. Penny Co.

James A. Ryder (Beta Pi)
President, Ryder Truck Systems

William E. Schiller (Phi)
Chairman, Hershey Chocolate Corp.

Edward A. Schrader (Beta Gamma)
Partner, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Harrison Jones (Pi)
Chairman, Coca-Cola Co.

Norman R. Klug (Alpha Psi)
President, Miller Brewing Co.
J.E. Davis
Winn-Dixie Supermarkets

Richard Allen
Chief Executive Officer, Delta Airlines

Robert F. Six (Beta)
President, Continental Airlines

C.R. Smith (Iota)
President, American Airlines

John W. Taylor (Epsilon Chi)
Senior Vice President, McGraw-Hill Book Co.

Bert L. Thomas (Alpha Theta)
President, Winn-Dixie Stores Inc.

Lynn A. Townsend (Eta Nu)
Chairman and CEO, Chrysler Corp.

E. Gifford Upjohn (Gamma Tau)
President, Upjohn Co.

Dwane L. Wallace (Gamma Upsilon)
President, Cessna Aircraft Co.

Randolph C. Wood (Delta Kappa)
Vice President, Paramount Pictures

Leslie B. Worthington (Epsilon)
President, U.S. Steel

Murray M. Baker (Gamma Theta)
President, Caterpillar Tractor Co.

Seth C. Beise (Alpha Eta)
President, Bank of America

Roger M. Blough (Epsilon Rho)
Chairman of the Board of Directors, U.S. Steel

Harold Boeschenstein (Epsilon)
President, Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corp.

Harlow H. Curtice (Phi)
President, General Motors Corp.

J. Willard Marriott (Beta Mu)
Founder and President, Marriott Hotels

David S. Lewis (Alpha Lambda)
President, McDonnell Aircraft Corp.

Harry A. Bullis (Alpha Eta)
Chairman, General Mills

Walter F. Burke (Delta Sigma)
President, McDonnell-Douglas Astronautics