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Pi Beta Phi’s New Mexico State University Chapter to Close

Published On: 2016-07-06

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Eily Cummings
Pi Beta Phi Fraternity
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Pi Beta Phi’s New Mexico State University Chapter to Close  

ST. LOUIS, MO — July 6, 2016 – It is with regret Pi Beta Phi’s Grand Council voted to close its New Mexico Beta Chapter at New Mexico State University on June 25.

Over the course of the last decade, many dedicated Chapter Support Officers as well as numerous local, regional and national volunteers and Headquarters staff supported the chapter. We appreciate the efforts of these committed women. Despite receiving additional support the chapter has struggled to recruit and retain members and fill leadership positions. As a result, New Mexico Beta experienced low member satisfaction and chapter management challenges, which impacted the collegiate sorority experience Pi Beta Phi strives to provide.

“Closing a chapter is one of the hardest decisions we have to make as a Council,” Grand President Paula Shepherd said. “It is critical all of our chapters provide a premier, values-based membership experience for our members. This decision was made with careful consideration, and it is with heavy hearts we announce the closing of our New Mexico Beta Chapter.”

Pi Beta Phi’s New Mexico Beta Chapter was established in 1972. The Fraternity is privileged to have been a part of the New Mexico State University community for the last 44 years. More than 500 women have been initiated into the chapter and some have gone on to be distinguished alumnae who have served the Fraternity in numerous capacities, including on Grand Council.

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. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Twitter and Facebook.