Historian

Historian

Patrick Farley, AP 67

Patrick joined the Alpha Rho Associate Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi during the Fall Semester 1976. He was recruited to become an Associate Member of Pi Kappa Phi by Steve Merck, a transfer student at WVU from the Delta Lambda Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. When Steve transferred to WVU, he contacted the National Office and inquired about establishing a chapter at WVU, and learned that Alpha Rho chapter existed at WVU from 1930 until 1939. Thus began the journey of re-chartering the Alpha Rho Chapter.

Patrick worked with the Alpha Rho Associate Chapter for two years, serving as Rush Chair, Warden, and Archon. Patrick was initiated into Pi Kappa Phi on August 15, 1978 at Pi Kapp College in Roanoke, VA. As the Archon of the Alpha Rho Associate Chapter, the National Fraternity initiated Patrick at Pi Kapp College to build momentum for the re-chartering of Alpha Rho Chapter on Saturday, November 11, 1978. Patrick only served as Archon of the re-chartered chapter for a few weeks until elections in January 1979 when he handed the gavel to Brother Robert Laughner, AP68. Patrick graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in May 1979, and started his new job as a Chapter Leadership Consultant for Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity in Charlotte, NC.

Patrick visited 76 chapters across the United States within his first year as Chapter Leadership Consultant. In the Spring of 1980, Durward W. Owen, then Executive Director of Pi Kappa Phi, asked Patrick to take on a brand new venture with the National Fraternity being the first administrator of Project P.U.S.H. (which became PUSH American, and is now known as the Ability Experience). Patrick worked closely with Thomas Sayre (P.U.S.H. designer) and Durward Owen to build the administrative arm of the Ability Experience and monitor chapter fundraising as well as national exposure programs.

Patrick returned to WVU in July 1981 to begin his Master’s program in Public Administration (MPA) and continued on to his Doctoral program in Higher Education Administration (EdD). While in school, Patrick served as a President of the Alpha Rho Housing Corporation which worked closely with Pi Kapp Properties to lease properties on Grant Street in Sunnyside and Spruce Street before moving into the current house.

After graduation in 1984, Patrick accepted the position of Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. In 1987 he became Director of the Earl F. Sykes Student Union and Director of Greek Life at West Chester University in West Chester, PA. And in 1991 Patrick moved to Pittsburgh and took the job of Director of Greek Life at Duquesne University. While working at the collegiate level, Patrick served as Executive Director of the Northeast Interfraternity Conference from 1985-89 where he provided weekend leadership retreats and an annual meeting for over 200 college and university Greek systems, as well as being a guest on many television and radio programs on the national and local levels.

Patrick served the National Fraternity as both the Chairman of the Standards Committee and Chairman of the Education Committee, where he developed the framework for the Pi Kappa Phi Conclaves, which later became the Mid-Year Leadership Conference. In 1987, Patrick was presented with the National Fraternity’s highest award, the Merit Citation, for his outstanding contributions to both Pi Kappa Phi and the international fraternity community.

Patrick is originally from Princeton, WV and now resides in Pittsburgh, PA where he is the Quality Management Systems manager for the Institute for Transfusion Medicine (ITxM) which provides over one million blood products across the country and overseas. Patrick’s main focus at ITxM is in the field of electronic document management and training systems.

Patrick has been committed to the efforts of Alpha Rho for almost four decades. He continues to serve his chapter because of the lifelong skills and opportunities fraternity membership provides to those who take advantage of those provisions. The adage that “you get out of something what you put into it” holds true for Patrick. He has received so much from his fraternity because of the time and effort he has put into it. Patrick’s philosophy on life is that “the only measure of your words and your deeds is the love you leave behind when your’re gone.”