GREENVILLE ALUMNI CHAPTER HISTORY
Thirty-nine years after the organization and incorporation of Kappa Alpha Psi (born Kappa Alpha Nu), the Spartanburg Alumni Chapter was chartered on June 11, 1950. It was the brainchild of Brother J. C. Abercrombie. J. C. Abercrombie was joined by Frank Bennett, Harry C. Gardin, Herman Glover, Thomas E. Hampton, and H C. Ogelsby. At the September 19, 1965 meeting the chapter name was changed to THE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG ALUMNI CHAPTER by the Grand Chapter. This process was originated during the administration of Brother Thomas E. Hampton, Sr. In September 2003 the Chapter name was changed to the GREENVILLE ALUMNI CHAPTER, as a result of an alumni chapter being established in Spartanburg SC. (See the charter members photograph below).
From this distinguished nucleus has evolved a parade of professional men that have truly achieved in every field of human endeavor. The composition of the current membership reflects this. Among the chapter’s members are business managers and educators, some which are
Ph.D.s. There are numerous members in all levels of city, state and federal government including delegates and state senators, architects, bankers, engineers, attorneys, judges, health service professionals, veterinarians, dentists, physicians, accountants, ministers, insurance agents and real estate brokers. There is a myriad of other occupations, some quite unique.
The Chapter has been served by twenty seven (27) different Polemarchs with Brother Harry C. Gardin having the distinct pleasure of serving three (3) separate times. The roll call of Polemarchs include J.C. Abercrombie (1950-1952), H. C. Oglesby (1952-1954), Harry C. Gardin (1953-1954,1960-1962, 1965-1968), Bert T. Bell (1945-1956), James V. Connelly (1956-1960), Dr. Willie F. Gibson (1962-1964), Thomas E. Hampton (1964-1965), George L. Walker (1968-1970), Fred Golden, Jr. (1970-1972), Louie Golden (1972-1974), Earl H. Robbins, Jr. (1974-1977), Calvin G. Mayes (1977-1979), Phil C. Jackson (1979-1981), Reginald Alexander (1981-1982), Chester R. Trower (1982-1983). George A. Lloyd (1983-1985), Theoplious F. Welfare (1985-1987), Preston Smith (1987-1990), J. Dwight Rutledge (1990-1992), Chester Leaks (1992-1995), Solomon S. Bradley (1995-1998), Oscar R. Neely (1998-2000), Stanley Clinkscale (2000-2002), J Roland Sullivan (2002-2003), Allen Kagler (2003-2005), Darryl Williams (2005-2008), Ernest Hamilton (2008-2010), and E. Delane Rosemond (2010-Present).
Thomas E. Hampton was the last surviving charter member. For his long dedicated service and leadership, the Kappa Knight Scholastic Achievement Award is named in honor of Thomas E. Hampton. Bennie L. Cunningham Sr. of Seneca SC initiated into Alpha Lambda Chapter at South Carolina State University in 1946 is the oldest living chapter member. Bennie received the Joseph R. Jenkins Award at the 59th Province Council hosted by the Greenville SC Alumni Chapter.
Within the Fraternity we have furnished many Province officers. The Greenville SC Alumni Chapter is the home of the ninth Province Polemarch, Preston Smith, the eleventh Province Polemarch, Chester Leaks, and the thirteenth Province Polemarch, Solomon S. Bradley.
The Greenville-Spartanburg Alumni Chapter at the 1999 Grand Chapter Meeting received the Paul W. Caine Award as the Alumni Chapter of the Year. In 2009 at the 79th Grand Chapter Meeting in Washington, DC, the Greenville Alumni Chapter again received the International Chapter of the Year Award for medium size chapters.
Since its beginning, the Greenville Alumni Chapter has had participated actively on the Province level. Over this period numerous Province Guide Right awards have been won which included the Jay Crosby Award, the Leon W. Stewart Award, the Bert V. Wadkins Award, 1st Place Guide Right Scrapbook, 1st place Student of the Year, 1st place Power Point Award, and Southeastern Province Chapter of the Year for medium size chapters.
The Greenville Alumni Chapter has expanded its award winning Guide Right Program into a year round activity. Its tutorial and mentoring programs provides our Kappa league, and Kappa Knights with reading programs at Greenville County Elementary Schools, Violence Prevention Workshops at Greenville Technical College, Health Awareness Seminars at the Greenville Hospital System and Career Workshops at Carolina High School. Carolina High School has been adopted as our business partner.
The Greenville Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc is a proactive organization striving to make a positive impact on the citizens of the Upstate of South Carolina. We have embarked on many programs to provide scholarships and to support community service projects for area youth. The premier program is Kappa Knight which combines mentoring and enrichment activities with fundraising. The Kappa Knights program has been recognized by our communities, school system, the Province, and Grand Chapter for its positive impact on young males.