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Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated Phi Chapter

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Support the development of present and future Bobcat leaders who provide service and advocacy at OU

Give to the continuation of the impactful 104-year legacy of the Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.®

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Phi Chapter wants you to join them on the journey of positive impact in the various communities it supports which includes Ohio University campus, Athens County, and the state Ohio.

"Phi Chapter has played an instrumental role in shaping the lives of many individuals, providing them with opportunities for personal growth and leadership development. Our organization has impacted the lives of countless members and continues to do so today." — Dr. Terrence Frazier '99, '00

As Phi Chapter celebrates 104 years and continues into the second century of the chapter, the mission remains the same: “Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities.”

The Current Brothers of the Chapter and Endowed Members encourage every Fraternity Brother, National Pan-Hellenic Council Member, Ohio University Greek Affiliated Alumni and Athens community member to solidify the chapter presents in Athens by being part of and giving to the Alphas' Legacy Endowment. A gift represents an eminent expression of friendship.

"Alpha Alumni should give back to this fund because it's part of the mission of Alpha, investing in the development of the youth — especially in our college brothers. Not just talking the talk about the investment but walking the walk," shared Dr. Terrence Frazier.

Give today as an investment in the development of social justice leaders as they march Onward and Upward. See "Your gift to this ΑΦΑ campaign will support their legacy in Athens, at Ohio University" at the bottom of the page for more giving options, all which supports the Alphas.

Father and Son, United in Brotherhood

Current Exercise Physiology student Mason McCloud Stephens and his father Mack Christopher Stephens (who studied Telecommunications)

Phi Chapter has a history of father and sons becoming Phi Chapter Brothers. In Fall 2022, Mason Stephens joined his father in the fraternity and chapter and shared: “It is an honor to be able to walk in the shoes of those who have become before me and help foster the sense of brotherhood and community on campus our chartering members sought out. My father is an alumnus of Ohio University and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Phi chapter (Spr ’88). It’s a privilege to walk the same halls and buildings as he has while serving the campus and Athens community just as he did 35 years ago. The qualities he instilled in me during my youth are the very same qualities that make an Alpha man: manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind. I take full weight of reasonability of continuing the legacy for our family and Phi Chapter Brotherhood by taking this opportunity to be a leader in the Athens Community. Securing financial support is the next step in securing that Phi Chapter rich history of brothers can continue to produce brothers of the utmost degree while having the greatest impact in the communities we represent.”


On May 17, 1919, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Phi Chapter was established. Phi Chapter is the first African American organization established on the campus of Ohio University. Phi Chapter is also the first African American fraternity or sorority established on the campus of Ohio University.

The current Brothers of Phi Chapter continue the pursuit of excellence by continuing to live up to the Aims and Motto of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. The legacy for the fraternity's outstanding members, such as Martin Luther King Jr., W.E.B. DuBois, Cornel West, Paul Robeson, Jesse Owens, and Thurgood Marshall, set the standard of leadership that all Phi Chapter Brothers strive for.


Over the 104-year history of the chapter, Phi Chapter has been developing leaders on campus through advocacy, brotherhood, diverse programing, community service and member recruitment. Ohio University events and national initiatives that Phi Chapter has supported since 1919 include:

  • Martin Luther King Luncheon
  • Go-To-High School, Go-To-College
  • A Voteless People Is A Hopeless People
  • Project Alpha (March of Dimes Birth Defects)
  • Miss Bronze Pageant


In 2019, the Phi Chapter decided to honor the 100-year legacy of the fraternity by naming a room in OU's Baker University Center. Pictured left to right: Past President Bro. Mark Tillman (Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc 34th General President); President Emeritus M. Duane Nellis; Bro. Tyrell Carter (Phi Chapter President 2019); Bro. Dr. Terrence Frazier (Phi Chapter Alumni – Chair of the Phi Chapter 100th, OHIO graduate, classes of 1999 and 2000); President Emeritus Roderick J. McDavis; Athens Mayor Steve Patterson; and Bro. Dale Gresson (Ohio District Director for Alpha Phi Alpha 2019).


Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love for All Mankind

First Of All, Servants Of All, We Shall Transcend All

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Phi Chapter wants you to invest in the development of campus leaders as the chapter celebrates 104 years of impactful legacy at Ohio University — Give Now. Thank you!

Your gift to this ΑΦΑ campaign will support their legacy in Athens, at Ohio University

Here are six things alumni, students, and friends can do to support a brighter future for the Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.:

  • Make a gift to support this Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Phi Chapter crowdfunding campaign.
  • Set up a monthly gift to the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Phi Chapter by using the Give to Ohio University donation form.
  • Mail a check (payable to The Ohio University Foundation) to The Ohio University Foundation, PO Box 869, Athens, OH 45701 — be sure to write APA Inc. Phi Chap Legacy Fund-En on memo line.
  • If you want to explore making a charitable gift to this campaign with a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your Individual Retirement Account (IRA), giving via a Donor Advised Fund or stock transfer, please reach out to Annual Giving's Jim Harris '04 at
  • Share this campaign on your social media accounts to help spread the word. (You can use the Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn logos near the title graphic above to get a post started.)
  • Phi For Life: set up a planned gift to support the Phi Chapter, like Johnny Webb '80, A Man of Distinction, did earlier this year. Email Caryn Bailey at to learn more.

What we can all do: Help provide financial support for the Phi Chapter, “The Eminent Expression of Friendship,” in the ever-evolving world. 

For general questions about giving to Ohio University, please email To contact Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Phi Chapter, email them at

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In honor of its founding: Phi Chapter was chartered Saturday, May 17, 1919, at Ohio University in Athens, OH.



Celebrating the Jewels of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.



In honor of 104 years of impact by the Brothers of the Phi Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.