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|Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Inc.|
|Founded||May 30, 1879
Russell Military Academy in New Haven, Connecticut
|Colors||Scarlet and Cadet Gray|
|Chapters||106 collegiate, 74 graduate|
|Headquarters||2060 N Collins Boulevard Suite 128
Richardson, Texas, 75080, USA
Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Incorporated, (ΚΨ) is the largest professional pharmaceutical fraternity in the world. It was founded on May 30, 1879, by F. Harvey Smith on the campus of Russell Military Academy in New Haven, Connecticut. The Central Office of Kappa Psi is located in Richardson, Texas. Kappa Psi first chartered a Chapter at a College of Pharmacy in 1898 at Columbia University. At that time Kappa Psi was a medical and pharmaceutical fraternity. In 1924, the fraternity split into Kappa Psi and Theta Kappa Psi, the medical fraternity. There are 106 active collegiate chapters and 74 graduate chapters across the United States, Canada, and the Bahamas, and over 80,000 people have been initiated into the fraternity since its inception.
Nationally, Kappa Psi is divided into eleven provinces, which the majority meet biannually and is divided as follows:
- Atlantic Province - Chapters in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
- Great Lakes Province - Chapters in Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio.
- Gulf Coast Province - Chapters in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.
- Mid-America Province - Chapters in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, and Missouri.
- Mountain East Province - Chapters in the District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
- Northeast Province - Chapters in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
- Northern Plains Province - Chapters in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
- Northwest Province - Chapters in Alaska, British Columbia, Canada, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
- Pacific West Province - Chapters in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada.
- Southeast Province - Chapters in the Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
- Southwestern Province - Chapters in Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
In 1977, Kappa Psi admitted women into the fraternity, and now the vast majority of the chapters are co-ed. Those chapters that remain all-male have done so because of the strong activity of other professional fraternities and sororities on campus who attract those interested in alternative bases of membership, such as co-ed or all-female.
At the 57th Grand Council Convention held in Denver, Colorado in August 2015, the following brothers were elected as international officers of the fraternity:
|Grand Regent||Latha Radhakrishnan|
|Grand Vice Regent||Robert Mancini|
|Grand Counselor||Christy Askew|
|Grand Historian||Melissa Buchanan|
|Grand Ritualist||Jason Milton|
|Graduate Member-at-Large||Michael Starvaggi|
|Collegiate Member-at-Large||Karen Hoang|
|Immediate Past Grand Regent||Eric Gupta|
|Executive Director||Johnny Porter|
The office of Executive Director is appointed as needed by the International Executive Committee.
List of chapters
Kappa Psi consists of 106 collegiate and 74 graduate chapters organized into 11 regional provinces.
Active collegiate chapters
Active graduate chapters
- Ada Graduate
- Albany Graduate
- Appalachia Graduate
- Athens Graduate
- Atlanta Graduate
- Arizona Graduate
- Auburn Graduate
- Birmingham Graduate
- Boston Graduate
- Buffalo Graduate
- Buies Creek Graduate
- Central Michigan Graduate
- Central New York Graduate
- Charleston Graduate
- Cincinnati Graduate
- Columbus Graduate
- Connecticut Graduate
- Dallas Graduate
- Detroit Graduate
- District of Columbia Graduate
- Georgia Graduate
- Harrisburg Graduate
- Houston Graduate
- Idaho Graduate
- Illinois Graduate
- Indiana Graduate
- Iowa Graduate
- Kentucky Graduate
- Los Angeles Graduate
- Louisiana Graduate
- Maine Graduate
- Maryland Graduate
- Middle Tennessee Graduate
- Minnesota Graduate
- Montana Graduate
- Nebraska Graduate
- New Jersey Graduate
- New Mexico Graduate
- New York Graduate
- North Carolina Graduate
- North Dakota Graduate
- North Florida Graduate
- Orlando Graduate
- Pacific Graduate
- Philadelphia Graduate
- Pittsburgh Graduate
- Pocono Graduate
- Pomona Graduate
- Portland Graduate
- Providence Graduate
- Ringgold Graduate
- Saint Louis Graduate
- San Diego Graduate
- San Francisco Graduate
- Savannah Graduate
- Seattle Graduate
- South Alabama Graduate
- South Carolina Graduate
- South Dakota Graduate
- Southeast Florida-Bahamas Graduate
- Southeastern Massachusetts Graduate
- Southwestern Graduate
- Tampa Graduate
- Tennessee Graduate
- Texas Graduate
- Toledo Graduate
- Virginia Graduate
- West Virginia Graduate
- Wisconsin Graduate
Dormant collegiate chapters
These are dormant chapters at schools of pharmacy, and the school is still active.
|Eta||Philadelphia College of Pharmacy||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Tau||University of Southern California||Los Angeles, California|
|Omega||Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey||Newark, New Jersey|
|Beta Delta||Albany College of Pharmacy||Albany, New York|
|Beta Zeta||Oregon State University||Corvallis, Oregon|
|Gamma Gamma||University of Texas at Austin||Austin, Texas|
|Gamma Iota||State University of New York at Buffalo||Buffalo, New York|
|Gamma Mu||University of Louisiana at Monroe||Monroe, Louisiana|
Discontinued collegiate pharmacy chapters
These chapters at schools of pharmacy where the pharmacy school no longer exists.
|Gamma||Columbia University College of Pharmacy||New York, New York|
|Beta Beta||Case Western Reserve University||Cleveland, Ohio|
|Beta Theta||Tulane University||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Beta Iota||North Pacific College of Oregon||Portland, Oregon|
|Beta Mu||Valparaiso University||Valparaiso, Indiana|
|Gamma Tau||George Washington University||Washington, D.C.|
Grand Council Convention
Kappa Psi holds its national convention biennially. The record for the most attendants was the 55th Grand Council Convention held August 2-6, 2011 in San Francisco, California. The host hotel was The Parc55 San Francisco and the Convention Chairman was Grand Vice Regent Kali Weaver. Over 560 brothers, spouses, children and guests attended.
The 56th Grand Council Convention took place from July 30 to Aug 3, 2013 at the Tradewinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach, Florida.
Below is a list of the Grand Council Conventions (along with the year, location, and number of attendees) dating back to the first Grand Council Convention in 1900 in New York City.
|Grand Council Convention||Year||Location||Attendance|
|56th||2013||St. Pete's Beach, Florida||N/A|
|55th||2011||San Francisco, California||560|
|54th||2009||Clearwater Beach, Florida||460|
|51st||2003||San Diego, California||401|
|50th||2001||Fort Lauderdale, Florida||342|
|48th||1997||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina||440|
|47th||1995||North Falmouth, Massachusetts||336|
|46th||1993||Marco Island, Florida||301|
|45th||1991||Jackson Hole, Wyoming||197|
|42nd||1985||South Padre Island, Texas||195|
|41st||1983||Myrtle Beach, South Carolina||191|
|37th||1974||Kansas City, Missouri||135|
|36th||1972||New Orleans, Louisiana||105|
|35th||1969||Buffalo, New York||214|
|34th||1967||Kansas City, Missouri||204|
|33rd||1965||San Francisco, California||189|
|29th||1957||Saint Louis, Missouri||181|
|16th||1924||Portland, Oregon/Saint Louis, Missouri/New York, New York||108|
|15th||1920||Portland, Oregon/Louisville, Kentucky/New York, New York||203|
|11th||1908||Charleston, South Carolina||16|
|8th||1905||New York, New York||10|
|1st||1900||New York, New York|
- The 22nd and 23rd Grand Council Conventions were postponed due to WWII.
- The 1932 (18th), 1936 (19th), and 1940 (20th) Grand Council Conventions were cancelled.
- The 15th and 16th Grand Council Conventions were held in three separate regional locations with the same business discussed at each.