Sigma Chi (ΣΧ) is one of the largest Greek-letter social fraternities in North America with more than 240 active chapters in the United States and Canada and more than 300,000 initiates. Sigma Chi was founded on June 28, 1855 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio when members split from Delta Kappa Epsilon. The founding members were: Benjamin Piatt Runkle, Thomas Cowan Bell, William Lewis Lockwood, Isaac M. Jordan, Daniel William Cooper, Franklin Howard Scobey, and James Parks Caldwell. Sigma Chi is a part of the Miami Triad, along with Beta Theta Pi and Phi Delta Theta.

According to the fraternity’s constitution, “the purpose of the fraternity shall be to cultivate and maintain the high ideals of friendship, justice and learning.”

I pledged Sigma Chi in the fall of 1990.  I later served as Questor (treasurer), and two terms as Consul (president).  My membership in ΣΧ brought me into contact and meaningful life changing one on one conversations with Bill George (CEO Medtronic), Merlin Olsen (Pro Football Hall of Fame), Jon Huntsman Sr. (CEO Huntsman Chemical), Jake Garn (US Senator), Hugh Pinnock (LDS General Authority) and others.  Serving as chapter president for two terms was a humbling growth experience that taught me the need to listen to many voices and to always have the long-term interests of the fraternity as the heart of my decision making.  The friendships and associations that I made through Sigma Chi have enriched and continue to bless my life in innumerable ways.