Theta Iota History
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., January 9, 1914, by three young African-American male students. The Founders, Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse, and Honorable Charles I. Brown, wanted to organize a Greek letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service. The Founders conceived Phi Beta Sigma as a mechanism to deliver services to the general community. Rather than gaining skills to be utilized exclusively for themselves and their immediate families, they held a deep conviction that they should return their newly acquired skills to the communities from which they had come. This deep conviction was mirrored in the Fraternity’s motto, “Culture For Service and Service For Humanity”.
The Theta Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma was founded on the campus of Mississippi State University on September 20, 1976. Eight special men we call "The Great 8" (Carl Hathorn, James Hannah, Terry Randolph, General Holt, Bruce West, Quinton Booker, Jerry McKinely, and Jeffery Orr forever changed MSU's campus by exemplifying the high ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, and service. Since then the chapter (Theta Iota) has been serving our community and striving to be bigger and better men through our fraternity principles.
Honorable Micheal E. Cristal is a Spring 82' initiate of the Theta Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He is currently a member of the Tau Iota Sigma chapter in Memphis, Tennessee. Hon. Cristal is from Grenada, Mississippi and has been representing the chapter well by being elected the International president of the Fraternity after serving as the International 1st Vice President of the Fraternity.
"It is an honor and a privilege to address you as the 35th International President of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated! Conclave 2017 was an exciting event, which provides the springboard for our fraternity to move into a new era, as “A Brotherhood of Conscious Men Actively Serving Our Communities”. We are excited about the possibilities of having an even greater impact on our communities and the world, as the Men of Sigma march on!" Hon. Cristal is serving his second term as International President and continues to lead Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
1st Vice President
Skylar Shields is the tail from Spr 18 and is from Starkville, MS. Skylar is a junior Business Administration major and plans to own his own company after graduation from MSU. He will serve as the chapter 1st Vice president and the NPHC community service chair.
Justin Jones is the ace from Spr 18 and is from Starkville, MS. Justin is a senior BCS major and plans to own his own construction company upon graduation from MSU. He will be serving as the chapter treasurer for his second consecutive year.
Joseph Rutherford is the six from Spr 19 and is from New Albany, MS. Joseph is a sophomore Aerospace Engineering major and plans to become an astrophysicist doing research for an aerospace company when he graduates. He will be serving as the chapter financial secretary for his first year.
Director of Bigger Better Business
Terrance Green is the six from Fall 17 and is from Southaven, MS. Terrance is a senior business Administration major and owns three start up businesses under his Green Royale, LLC. After graduation he plans to expands his businesses. He will be serving as the Director of Bigger Better Business for his second consecutive year.
Sergeant at Arms
Christain Jones is the ace from Spr 19 and is from Macon, MS. Christain is a senior Interdisciplinary Studies major and is part of ROTC. This will be Christain's first year serving as Sergeant at Arms.
2nd Vice President
A.J. Smith is the five from Fall 17 and is a senior Kinesiology major from Starkville, MS, with a concentration in Physical Education and Coaching .He will be serving as the chapter 2nd Vice president and plans on coaching high school football after Graduation from MSU.
Tyler Gardner is excited to serve as the chapter secretary for his second consecutive year. The West Point, MS native graduated from West Point High School and is a senior Biochemistry major. He is the five from Spr 18 and is extremely passionate about serving others and dreams of being a doctor.
Director of Education
Landon LaVigne is the ten from Spr 18 and is from Slidell, LA. Landon is a senior double majoring in aerospace Engineering and Mathematics. He plans to work for NASA, working his way to a management position, after graduation. This will be Landon's second consecutive year serving as the Director of Education.
Director of Social Action
Tavonta Hadley is the deuce of Fall 17 and is from Tupelo, MS. Tavonta is a senior Kinesiology major that plans on becoming an exercise physiologist after graduation. He will be serving as the chapter Director of Social Action for his first year.
Kaleel Brown is the five from Spr 19 and is from Clinton, MS. Kaleel is a senior Mechanical Engineering major. He accepted a Co-op working in the orthopedics department of Smith & Nephew, a company specializing in medical products. Kaleel is undecided in the exact field he would like to work in the future, but is leaning toward automotive or robotics. He also plans to obtain a Masters Degree after graduation. He will be serving as Correspondence Secretary for his first year.
Jonathan Sutton is the tre of Spr 18 and is from Byram, MS. Jonathan is a Computer Engineering major with a minor in Japanese. After graduation he plans to work for Microsoft or Sony. He will be serving as the chapter Parliamentarian for his first year.