Pi Beta Phi Chapter at the University of Tampa Closes

With great disappointment, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women announces the closure of its Florida Zeta Chapter at the University of Tampa, effective July 31, 2020. Many factors led to this decision, but most importantly the decision was as the chapter has continually fallen short of recruitment goals and never established a sustainable membership size.

The Pi Beta Phi chapter at the University of Tampa has received the highest level of support from the Fraternity over the last three years. Even with this extensive support, the chapter has struggled to be successful in recruitment, and the gap between Florida Zeta’s smaller chapter size and Panhellenic total has continued to increase. Despite these challenges, Florida Zeta members have remained committed to the Sincere Friendship they will forever share with each other.

“Having to make the difficult decision to close a chapter due to membership size is especially difficult,” Grand President Marla Neelly Wulf said. “However, the chapter has not been able to sustain a commitment to membership recruitment and therefore deliver the membership experience Pi Phi promises. We welcome our Florida Zeta collegians into alumnae life and look forward to their continued involvement with the Fraternity." The Florida Zeta Chapter was founded in 2014, and nearly 300 women have been initiated into Pi Beta Phi through the chapter.

Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed 204 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae organizations 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 pibetaphi.org.

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For information please contact: 
Shawn Eagleburger 
Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives
seagleburger@pibetaphi.org