The organization known today as the Illinois Wesleyan Chapter of Acacia Fraternity
evolved from a small local organization started by John Edwards, Robert Andruczk,
and Dennis Stark. The three men had rushed in the fall of 1956, but were disappointed
with the current situation of fraternity life at Illinois Wesleyan. Thus, they created
their own fraternal organization and began to grow in membership and influence on
campus. On March 13 of the following year, after receiving bids from five national
fraternities, the men voted to become affiliated with the Acacia Fraternity, and the
Illinois Wesleyan Chapter was born.
In the following years, the chapter continued to gather respect from the other Greek
houses, developing the most reasonable and progressive pledge program of the time,
holding numerous campus leadership positions, and at one point having an overall GPA
a full two-tenths above the other fraternities. The chapter reached a high of over
50 members during the 1970s, and during this time several brothers served terms as
Undergraduate Counselors to the Acacia International Council. This successful growth,
however, slowed to a halt in January of 1985 when the university terminated the chapter's
The rebirth of the Illinois Wesleyan chapter began in March of 1988. With the Alumni
Association supporting a growing group of interested freshmen, the university cabinet
accepted the recolonization of Acacia on April 15, 1988. The "Original Seven" who
joined Acacia that spring pledged fourteen more the next fall, and the following year
the men received word from the university that they could be housed in Adams Hall.
After two more years of hard work, the chapter was finally granted its charter on
May 5, 1991.
Since rechartering, the chapter has continued the tradition of excellence that was
established when it was originally founded. Keeping up its progressive attitude, the
chapter created the positions of Administrative Dean and Risk Manager to assist with
chapter operations, with the latter being adopted by the International Fraternity.
Several brothers have received the Award of Merit, Acacia's highest honor, for their
philanthropic efforts after graduation, and Brother Robert Roberson was recently elected
to be Acacia's International President.
The chapter of today continues pushing ever forward, adopting Acacia's recently developed
Cornerstones membership development program in hopes of helping its brothers to become
more balanced, responsible, and educated men, ready to take on a more active part
in the affairs of the communities in which they reside.