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University of Dayton: Phi Delta Kappa

A Brief History of Phi Delta Kappa

Phi Delta Kappa is a professional fraternity for men in education and was introduced to the University of Dayton on July 16, 1966.  A committee of Dr. O.R. Edgington (first chapter adviser), Dr. John O'Donnell (first president of chapter 158), Dr. Joseph Panzer, and Professor James LaVanche were instrumental in bringing this professional fraternity to the campus.   


For more information...

Visit the University of Dayton Archives to gain access to

  • PDK constitution and bylaws
  • annual reports
  • Chapters Officers' Handbook
  • Executive Directors' Memo
  • newsletters, brochures
  • various awards
  • executive board minutes
  • membership information
  • newspaper clippings
  • events/seminars
  • photographs


The purpose of Phi Delta Kappa shall be to promote quality education, with particular emphasis on publicly supported education, as essential to the development and maintenance of a democratic way of life.  This purpose shall be accomplished through the genuine acceptance, continuing interpretation, and appropriate implementation of the ideal of high quality leadership through research, teaching, and other professional services concerned with and directed to the improvement of education, especially of publicly supported and universally available education-1990 Constitution and Bylaws

Phi Delta Kappa intitiation banquet 1966-67

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