PROVINCE HISTORY

The Eastern Province, as a defined region of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., traces its origin to 1925. Earl B. Dickerson, the fifth Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi, appointed John Miller Marquess the first Eastern Province Polemarch following the adjournment of the 15th Grand Chapter Meeting in December 1925.

Brother Marquess was a charter member of the Langston-Oklahoma City Alumni Chapter in 1922 and the third president of the Langston University [1916-23]. At the time of his appointment, he was pursuing an advanced degree at Columbia University and a member of the Columbia University Chapter, the Omicron of Kappa Alpha Psi.

The boundaries of the Province have by no means been constant. In 1925, the Province included chapters as far north as Boston, MA, and as far south as Washington, DC. During the tenure of Dr. James E. Allen, the fifth Eastern Province Polemarch [1933-34], the northern border was New York and the southern border was Durham, NC. However, for most of its existence, the area comprising the Eastern Province has been the state of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Virginia. Today, the territory also includes the island of Bermuda.

John Miller Marquess

Province Chapters

Greek Letter Chapters

ChapterCharter DateLocationCollege / University
Alpha GammaApril 9, 1927Richmond, VirginiaThe Virginia Union University
Alpha IotaMay 29, 1931Baltimore, MarylandThe Morgan State University
Alpha Phi March 30, 1935Petersburg, VirginiaThe Virginia State University
Beta ChiApril 19, 1947Hampton, VirginiaHampton University
Beta KappaFebruary 21, 1940Washington, D.C.University of the District of Columbia
Delta LambdaDecember 17, 1954Lawrenceville, Virginia Saint Paul's College
Epsilon SigmaMay 8, 1969Bowie, MarylandBowie State University
Epislon ZetaMay 10, 1963Norfolk, Virginia Norfolk State University
Eta OmegaFebruary 23, 1975Norfolk, VirginiaOld Dominion University
Eta SigmaDecember 7, 1974Charlotttesville, Virginia University of Virginia
Eta XiOctober 19, 1974Richmond, VirginiaVirginia Commonwealth University
Iota PsiDecember 8, 1979Salisbury, MarylandSalisbury State University
Kappa ChiSeptember 12, 1981Washington, D.C.American Univ./ Georgetown Univ./ George Washington Univ./ Catholic Univ.
Lambda MuFebruary 27, 1982Frostburg, MarylandFrostburg State University
Lambda ZetaFebruary 27, 1982Towson, MarylandTowson University
Mu MuOctober 27, 1985Fairfax, VirginiaGeorge Mason University
Nu LambdaOctober 15, 1988Harrisonburg, VirginiaJames Madison University Chapter
Pi NuApril 2, 1949Princess Anne, MarylandUniversity of Maryland
Rho Kappa2016Lynchburg, VirginiaVirginia University of Lynchburg, Liberty University & Lynchburg College & Randolph College
Rho Theta 2014Radford, VirginiaThe Radford University
Rho UpsilonOctober 20, 2019Baltimore, MarylandJohn Hopkins University
Theta ChiDecember 18, 1976Baltimore, MarylandUniversity of Maryland Baltimore County
Theta Psi1977Blacksburg, Maryland Virginia Tech University
Theta ThetaSeptember 21, 1975College Park, MarylandUniversity of Maryland - College Park
Theta TauJune 5, 1976Washington, D.C.Howard University Professional School
XiDecember 27, 1920Washington, D,C,Howard University
Xi ThetaJanuary 11, 1992Williamsburg, VirginiaCollege of William & Mary
Zeta GammaAugust 1, 1970Baltimore, MarylandCoppin State University

Alumni Chapters

ChapterCharter Date
Aberdeen, MarylandApril 4, 1971
Alexandria-Fairfax, Virginia June 5, 1976
Annapolis, MarylandDecember 5, 1965
Baltimore, MarylandSeptember 9, 1921
BermudaMay 13th 1989
Bowie/Mitchellville, MarylandOctober 4, 2003
Cape Charles-Accomac, VirginiaOctober 25, 1953
Charlottesville, VirginiaApril 5, 1975
Chesapeake/Virginia Beach, VirginiaApril 1, 1984
College Park/Sandy Spring, MarylandMay 15, 2005
Columbia, MarylandNovember 9, 1974
Danville, VirginiaJune 13, 1998
Dulles-Leesburg, VirginiaMarch 21, 2009
Fort Lee, VirginiaNovember 22, 1980
Fort Washington, Maryland April 29, 2007
Franklin-Southampton, VirginiaJune 3, 1995
Frederick, MarylandMarch 27, 1982
Fredericksburg, VirginiaJune 6, 1969
Gaithersburg-Rockville, MarylandJanuary 20, 1989
Hampton-Newport News, VirginiaAugust 4, 1945
Hyattsville/Landover, MarylandMarch 18, 1979
Lawrenceville< VirginiaMarch 16, 1952
Leonardtown-Prince, Maryland July 11, 2009
Lynchburg, VirginiaDecember 14, 1975
Martinsville, VirginiaJune 2, 1956
Norfolk, VirginiaOctober 4, 1940
Petersburg, VirginiaApril 18, 1941
Portsmouth/Suffolk, VirginiaDecember 16, 1973
Richmond, VirginiaApril 7, 1945
Roanoke, VirginiaJune 3, 1950
Salisbury, MarylandJanuary 24, 1977
Silver Spring, MarylandOctober 28, 1972
Upper Marlboro/Waldorf. MarylandAugust 24, 1984
Washington, D.C.October 15, 1924
Woodbridge, VirginiaFebruary 1, 1998
Towson-Cantonsville Alumni AssociationOctober 16, 2020

Past Polemarchs

Robert L. Jenkins

2015-2019

Linwood J. Smith, Jr.

2015

Cornelius Hudgins IV

2014-2015

Howard Tutman III

2011-2014

Dwight E. Thomas

2010-2011

John T. Lanier

2007-2010

Rufus Clanzy

2003-2007

Anthony B. Hill

1997-2003

Joseph E. Finley

1994-1997

William B. Croom

1991-1994

Howard L. Tutman Jr.

1988-1991

Charles A. Brockett

1986-1988

Howard L. Tutman Jr

1986

Clarence F. Nelson Jr.

1979-1986

James B. Abram Jr

1975-1979

James A. Overton

1968-1975

Charles G. Tildon Jr.

1965

Jesse 0. Dedmon Jr.

1960-1964

William Thomas Carter

1955-1960

Victor J. Ashe

1951-1955

William Henry Greene

1943-1950

James Milton Coggs

1939-1942

William Henry Greene

1935-1938

James E. Allen

1934

William Henry Greene

1932-1933

Mortimer Harris

1928-1930

Harcourt Tynes

1927-1928

John Miller Marquess

1925-1927

Province Dignitaries

The Grand Polemarch is the chief executive officer of the Fraternity. As chief executive officer, he is vested with a broad range of powers that enable him to shape the official agenda of the Fraternity.

During the 20th century, the delegates at Grand Chapter meetings elected 29 members to this office; four of these members were affiliated with chapters assigned to the Eastern Province of Kappa Alpha Psi.

James Edward Scott

James Edward Scott

The 10th Grand Polemarch
[1938-1940]
William Henry Greene

William Henry Greene

The 15th Grand Polemarch
[1952·1954]
William Thomas Carter

William Thomas Carter

The 20th Grand Polemarch
[1970-1973]
Howard Lloyd Tutman Jr

Howard Lloyd Tutman Jr

The 29th Grand Polemarch
[1999-2003]

The Elder Watson Diggs Award Recipients

The Elder Watson Diggs Award of Kappa Alpha Psi is the second-highest award of the Fraternity available to a member. The specific requirements for the award are set forth in the governing laws of the Fraternity. The award consists of a Certificate of Achievement, and a specially designed and engraved medallion. Below are the names of recipients affiliated with chapters in the Eastern Province.

The Guy Levis Grant Award Recipients

The Guy Levis Grant Award of Kappa Alpha Psi is the highest award of the Fraternity available, exclusively, to a member affiliated with a Greek letter chapter of the Fraternity. The specific requirements for the award are set forth in the governing laws of the Fraternity. The award consists of a Certificate of Achievement, and a specially designed and engraved medallion. Below are the names of recipients affiliated with chapters in the Eastern Province.

Awardee
About Awardee
The 6th Guy Lewis Grant Award Recipient [1977]: Henry Lewis

Eastern Province Junior Vice Polemarch Henry Lewis, a 1974. Alpha Iota initiate, was the first student member of the Province to earn the Guy Levis Grant Award.

The 8th Guy Lewis Grant Award Recipient [1980]: Anthony B. Hill

Washington (DC) Alumni – (Alpha Pi Chapter)

The 17th Guy Lewis Grant Award Recipient [1986]: Richard A. Naylor II

Richard A. Naylor II was a charter member of the Stanford University Chapter, the Lambda Nu of Kappa Psi in 1983. He transferred to American University and affiliated with the Kappa Chi. The delegates at the 66th Grand Chapter meeting elected him to the Grand Board of Directors. After completing his degree requirements, Naylor embarked on a career as a financial analyst at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve .

The 18th Guy Lewis Grant Award Recipient [1988]: D. Jason Desousa

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D. Jason Desousa was a 1983 Alpha Iota initiate. He earned a BS degree from Morgan State University, and would continue his academic pursuits by earning a MS degree from Bowling Green University and a Ed.D degree from Indiana University.
Elected the Eastern Province Junior Vice Polemarch at the 1986 Eastern Province Council, the delegates at the 67th Grand Chapter meeting elected him to the Grand Board of Directors. To many in the Fraternity, the student members elected at the 67th Grand Chapter meeting was the most impressive in the history of the Fraternity. As a member of the Grand Board, DeSousa was Chairman of the Grand Board of Appeals and personally wrote many of the rulings of the Board.

The 21st Guy Lewis Grant Award Recipient [1989]: Richard Edwards

Richard T. Edwards is a Kappa legacy. His father Randall Edwards was a 1953 Tau initiate. His mother -Elva Edwards - was a past national president of the Silhouette, and was the first non Kappa member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation board of directors. Edwards, a 1986 Beta Chi initiate, was elected the Eastern Province Junior Vice Polemarch in 1987. The delegates at the 68th Grand Chapter meeting elected him to the Grand Board of Directors.

The 27th Guy Lewis Grant Award Recipient [1993]: Samuel Boyd

Alexandria/Fairfax (VA) Alumni – (Alpha Nu Chapter)

The 29th Guy Lewis Grant Award Recipient [1993]: Gregory B. Atkins

Gregory B. Atkins, a third generation Kappaman, was a 1990 initiate of the Eta Sigma. Atkins was a brilliant student at the University of Virginia. After earning his BS degree, he earned MD and PhD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He followed in the footsteps of his father - Dr. Floyd Atkins - Associate Professor of Medicine and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Tufts School of Medicine - by becoming a cardiologist.

The 29th Guy Lewis Grant Award Recipient [1993]: Gregory B. Atkins

Herman J. "Bud" Tyrance [Washington (DC) Alumni Chapter,] a professor at Howard University, was a native of Attleboro [MA] and was its 1932 football team. Tyrance earned degree a BS degree (1938] from Virginia State College, M.Ed from Boston University [1947], and a Phd degree from Penn State University [1954]. In 1949, he came to Howard University as an instructor in Physical and Education retired as Department chairman. Like many college professionals, Tyrance was involved in other outside activities. He was a visiting professor at Florida A&M University and Jackson State University , and was director of several summer programs sponsored by the DC Departmernt of Recreation. Tyrance, a 1934 Chi initiate , became the Journal Sports editor in 1954. He affiliated with the Washinton (DC) Alumni Chapter in 1949, and was its 17th Polemarch [1961-64]. Tyrance was also an advisor to the Xi for over 30 years.

The 44th Guy Lewis Grant Award Recipient [2003]: Enjinna Anthony

Baltimore (MD) Alumni – (Alpha Iota Chapter)

The 68th Guy Lewis Grant Award Recipient [2011]: Marvin Carr

Baltimore (MD) Alumni – (Alpha Iota Chapter)

The 74th Guy Lewis Grant Award Recipient [2013]: Christopher Grant

The Univ. of Maryland College Park Chapter the Theta Theta

William L. Crump National History Award Recipients

In 1991, upon the recommendation of the Publicity and Publications Commission, the Grand Board of Directors authorized the William L. Crump History Award of Kappa Alpha Psi. Named for Dr. William L. Crump, the third editor of the Kappa Alpha Psi Journal, who served as Grand Historian for 30 years and was involved in the publishing of the first four editions of the Story of Kappa Alpha Psi, the award recognizes the contributions of members towards the development of histories at the Province level. The award consists of a Certificate of Achievement and a specially designed medallion.

Eastern Province

The Eastern Province, as a defined region of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., traces its origin to 1925. Earl B. Dickerson, the fifth Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi, appointed John Miller Marquess the first Eastern Province Polemarch following the adjournment of the 15th Grand Chapter Meeting in December 1925.

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