"The proud and long-standing tradition of Phi Kappa Psi is not in the number of men that have passed through our doors, but in the excellence and quality of our individual members. This tradition is no better expressed than in the founding and history of the North Carolina Beta Chapter of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. "
The history of North Carolina Beta is like that of an autobiographical novel, one which reads like a success story. It all began in February of 1989 when a group of men came together to form a fraternity. A name for this fraternity was yet unknown, until one of the members noticed an advertisement in the school newspaper that asked for men interested in starting a Phi Kappa Psi Chapter at East Carolina University. Thomas Herdelin, a transfer student from the Temple University Phi Kappa Psi Chapter, placed the advertisement and he was contacted by the group of men and so began the making of Phi Kappa Psi, NC Beta at ECU.
Our colony status was obtained on April 12, 1989 and we were recognized as a fraternity on campus. The original seventeen members set out to make themselves known amongst their peers. They immediately became enmeshed in Greek and student affairs on campus.
During the 1997-98 school year, we were named East Carolina's most outstanding fraternity by the ECU Interfraternity Council.Our members include the IFC chairman, various class presidents and vice presidents,the sports announcers for Pirate football, and a columnist for the newspaper.We have contributed to various charity organizations through car washes an our annual “Kool Aid” party which marks our Founder’s Day, as well as volunteer work at the Pitt County Boys and Girls Club.
For nine years we have endured for the sake of a strong brotherhood and one that will endure for all time. For nine years we have formed bonds that will last a lifetime. And so, here we are. Ready to embark on another chapter in our history.