National Organization History

The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. emerged from a dream of Gladys Merritt Ross, a neophyte teacher from Jersey City, New Jersey, to establish a sorority to promote sisterhood among teachers and to uphold the highest ideas of the teaching profession.

In March of 1923, Miss Ross invited several of her intimate friends to her home to share her dream and to explore its ramifications. They embraced the idea, organized, and the sorority was officially incorporated on May 23, 1923. The founders were: Gladys Merritt Ross, Julia Asbury Barnes, Ella Wells Bulter, Margueritte Gross, Florence Steele Hunt, Edna McConell, Gladys Cannon Nunnery, and Mildred M. Williams. They all lived to become prominent educators who left distinguished contributions to the teaching profession and to humanity.


Dr. Gladys Merritt Ross, Julia Asbury Barnes, Dr. Florence Steele Hunt, Dr. Gladys Cannon Nunery, Ella Wells Butler, Mildred Morris Williams, Edna McConnell, and Marguerite Gross

The purpose of this sorority is:

  • To stimulate personal growth among teachers.
  • To foster a true spirit of sisterhood.
  • To promote the highest ideals of the teaching profession.
  • To encourage the development of the potential of our youth


The National Sorority of Delta Kappa Inc., a professional organization of teachers dedicated to the task of training youth of America to cope satisfactorily and effectively with today's problems, firmly believes education to be a potent factor in maintaining and perpetuating democracy as the most ideal form of life.

To remain in this position, modern education must provide youth with abilities for:

  • Developing an integrated personality
  • Assuming a successful place in a group and
  • Adjusting to the ever changing problems of their culture.


Through the day by day instruction in the classroom and multiple contact in the community, the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. seeks to inform all citizenry of the ever changing problems of our culture and to equip. them with the necessary social skills to solve these problems according to true democratic process. In this endeavor, the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. shall continue to take its rightful place among those who point the way in establishing, maintaining, and sustaining avenues of communication between and among all people.



Supreme Basileus Charlotte M. Williams

First Supreme Anti-Basileus Christella M. Cain

Second Supreme Anti-Basileus Mary E. Ennon

Supreme Grammateus Dr. Melrose Robinson

Supreme Epistoleus Yvonne Johnson

Supreme Tamiouchos Dpnna E. Thompson

Supreme Tamias Dr. Sherlene Harris

National Director of Public Relations Dr. Princess Towe

Chief Editor - The Krinon Dr. Brenda Burrell

Supreme Executive Advisor Ann D. Black

Supreme Parliamentarian Dr. Etta F. Carter