For over 170 years, Zeta Psi has scaffolded our undergraduate brothers to be better leaders in their careers, their communities, and in service to all humankind. We have been fortunate to have played role in the lives of countless inspirational men throughout the years. Here is a list of some Zetes who have powerfully impacted the world.
Alejandro (Alex) Padilla
Achievements: California Secretary of State (2015-Present), California State Senator (2006-2014), chair of the Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Communications.
Chapter: Rho Alpha, 1994
Achievements: Former Chief Justice, Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta
Chapter: Mu Theta
Achievements: Retired Judge, US Court of Appeals
Achievements: Retired Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Canada
Chapter: Pi Epsilon
Dr. Howard Dean
Achievements: 79th Governor of Vermont; (August 13, 1991 – January 8, 2003), Former Chairman, Democratic National Committee (February 12, 2005 – January 21, 2009)
Chapter: Eta, 1971
Achievements: Former US Ambassador (OAS, Argentina, Italy, India, Nepal, and South Vietnam) (1951-1973), one of two American's to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom Twice (1963 & 1967).
DOD: September 27, 1984
Achievements: Former White House Chief of Staff; Former President, University of North Carolina system
Achievements: Former Governor - California
James E. Coyne
Achievements: Former Governor, Bank of Canada
Achievements: A Major General in the United States Army and a Medal of Honor recipient for his role in the Philippine–American War during 1899. In addition to the Medal of Honor, Major General Parker was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal and three Silver Stars for his service and battlefield exploits.
Chapter: Delta, 1875
DOD: (February 20, 1854 – June 2, 1934)
John R. Bass
Achievements: American diplomat, who served as the United States Ambassador to Georgia (2009–2012), Turkey (2014–2017), and Afghanistan (2017 - 2020).
Chapter: Gamma, 1986
Kingman Brewster, Jr.
Achievements: Former President, Yale University (1963-1977); US Ambassador to the United Kingdom (1977-1981)
Chapter: Eta, 1941
DOD: November 8, 1988
Achievements: United States Representative from 1971 to 1993, and the United States Secretary of Defense from January 21, 1993 to February 3, 1994.
Chapter: Eta, 1960
DOD: May 21, 1995
Louis R. Bruce
Achievements: Former US Commissioner of Indian Affairs; US Olympian
Achievements: While with the New York State Energy, Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Managed the Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Protection Program (2008-2016) Managed all projects related to acid deposition and mercury pollution. (2000-2008) Supervised the country's largest high-efficiency, low-emitting wood heat research program. Initiated a multi-million dollar climate change research program in New York State.
Chapter: Gamma, 1978
Neil D. Levin
Achievements: NY State Superintendent of Banks 1995, NY State Superintendent of Insurance 1997, Executive Director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey 2001
Chapter: Tau, 1976
DOD: September 16, 1954-September 11, 2001
Achievements: Former Governor and US Senator - California
Achievements: Former US Senator - Connecticut (1952-1963)
DOD: October 8, 1972
Rear Adm. James Carey
Achievements: Served for 33 years as a U.S. Naval Officer, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral. Served 12 years as the elected Chairman of The Flag & General Officers' Network, the organization for U.S. Admirals and Generals of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Appointed National Chairman Emeritus for LIFE upon retirement in 2018.
Richard J. Zahnleuter
Achievements: General Counsel at the New York State Department of Health (2016-2020, Retired from State Service)
Chapter: Gamma, 1978
Achievements: Chairman Securities Exchange Commission (October 28, 1975 – April 10, 1977)
DOD: October 29, 2014
Achievements: Retired Chief Justice, Ontario Supreme Court; Chancellor, Concordia University
Chapter: Theta Xi
Achievements: Former US Senator - Massachusetts, US Ambassador to New Zealand
Achievements: Founding Partner and Board Member of Firehouse Subs, Former President of Jacksonville (FL) City Council
Chapter: Beta Tau, 1984
Achievements: Former US Senator - Connecticut; Publisher, Encyclopedia Britannica
Term: Former Governor - Michigan, Phi Alpha, The Comstock Award is named in honor of Bill Comstock
Achievements: US Senator - California (August 26, 1945 – January 3, 1959)
DOD: (June 26, 1908 – February 23, 1974)
Achievements: 44th Governor of Michigan (January 22, 1969 – January 1, 1983), he is the longest serving Governor in Michigan's history. A member of the Army Air Corps, during World War II, he flew 50 combat missions as a waist-gunner on B-24 bombers and survived two crash landings. He received seven military honors, including the Purple Heart and Air Medal
DOD: (March 26, 1922 – October 18, 2019)