State of Mississippi Iota Phi Theta® was chartered in the state of Mississippi by 10(ten) men whose focus was to bring Iota Phi Theta® Fraternity in the middle of the “Dirty South.” In the beginning Iota was generally hated by all its peers; although these young men were known and liked on the campus of Mississippi State University, they were hated as a group. This hatred, just as all hatred was due to ignorance and fear. Those who feared Iota feared it because it was something new, and being a new organization on campus they represented a threat to all those existing “Traditional Black Greek Organizations.”
Under the guidance of Jeff Brice Jr., 2-Epsilon Omega-91, the young men chartered the Mississippi State University Colony of Iota Phi Theta® Fraternity on March 20, 1998. In August 1999, the MSU Colony of Iota Phi Theta® received its chapter designation of “Gamma Psi” at the national conclave.
Through the efforts of individual members participating on the step team and making visits to other campuses, Iota finally gained the level of interest that was needed to continue the growth in the state of Mississippi. This event lead to the establishment of the Jackson, MS City – Wide Colony of Iota Phi Theta® Fraternity. On March 23, 2001, twelve (12) centaurs, composed of two(2) students from Mississippi State University and ten(10) from Jackson State University, galloped into Iota land. In August 2003, the Jackson, MS City – Wide Colony received its chapter designation of “Delta Psi” at the summer conference.
Four(4) Iota chapters were later created:
Epsilon Psi Chapter – University of Southern Mississippi
Alpha Psi Omega Alumni Chapter – Hinds, MS
Eta Kappa Chapter – Mississippi Valley State University
Theta Iota Chapter – University of Mississippi