William B. Harrison
William B. Harrison, Upsilon, 1935
William “Billy” Harrison, Phi Alpha 1959-1960, Upsilon 1935, was a life-long resident of
Halifax County and Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Billy was a local businessman,
banker and real estate developer. As Mayor of Rocky Mount, he helped establish the
Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport and was a founder of North Carolina Wesleyan College. He was President of the University of North Carolina General Alumni Association from 1977-1978.
The local YMCA is commemorated as the Kate and Billy Harrison YMCA.
During his tenure as Phi Alpha, Zeta Psi inaugurated the Pi Sigma chapter at Penn State University and the Theta chapter at the University of Connecticut. Brother Harrison received the fraternity’s Distinguished Service Award in 2003.
His son, William Harrison, Jr., Upsilon, 1966, followed him into the fraternity and later became CEO of JP Morgan Chase & Co. (2000-2007). He became a member of the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., and a member of the Board of Overseers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is also listed in the Notable Zete section, under Business.