Pi Beta Phi Chapter at Northwestern University Closes

With great sadness, Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women announces the closure of its Illinois Epsilon Chapter at Northwestern University, effective June 30, 2021, following a vote of Grand Council. The vote came after ongoing conversation regarding the chapter’s viability. With declining membership and a persistent movement to cease all Fraternal operations on campus, the remaining chapter members’ commitment to Pi Beta Phi was unfortunately insufficient to sustain operations.

Pi Beta Phi Headquarters staff and volunteers have worked closely with the Illinois Epsilon Chapter and provided the highest level of support in hopes of sustaining a chapter at Northwestern University. “The decision to close a chapter is never taken lightly,” Grand President Marla Neelly Wulf said. “Despite our collegiate members’ efforts, the chapter has been unable to sustain operations which meet the standard for a premier membership experience. We welcome our Illinois Epsilon collegians into alumnae life and look forward to their continued involvement with Pi Phi as alumnae."

The Illinois Epsilon Chapter was founded in 1894, and more than 3,000 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 or follow Pi Phi on Facebook and Twitter.


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Published May 7, 2021