Pi Kappa Alpha was founded by six young men in Room 47 West Range at the University of Virginia on March 1, 1868. Though brought together by a common bond of friendship and a desire for brotherhood, each of the Founders of Pi Kappa Alpha had his own personality, aspirations, and character. Learn more about each of the Founders here.
With rarely more than thirty-five active members at any one time, the young Fraternity struggled in years after its founding. A change was necessary if the Fraternity was to survive. In 1889 the “Grand Chapter” method of government was abandoned for a new executive council. Four men - now revered as the Junior Founders - became the executive officers that would reorganize the Fraternity. Learn more about each of the Junior Founders here.