March 9, 1856; University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. Known as the True Gentleman fraternity. First greek social fraternity founded in the deep south. Web site www.sae.net.
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity was founded March 9, 1856, at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Its founders were eight young men, five of them seniors at the university; the other three were juniors. The leader of the eight was Noble Leslie DeVotie, whose motive was to perpetuate through the organization the warm friendships he and his friends had already formed on the campus of the university. Today, the organization is among the largest of its kind, with more than 240 groups and 300,000 initiated brothers.
The Fraternity resides on college and university campuses, as a guest of the host institution. The current structure, as of spring 2009, includes more than 11,000 undergraduates at more than 218 chapters and 12 colonies in 47 states and Canada. Alumni are active in more than 175 alumni associations.
The organization is governed through a five-person executive board (Supreme Council) that is elected at biennial conventions. An executive director (Eminent Supreme Recorder) supervises a staff of approximately 28 at the Fraternity Service Center in Evanston, Illinois, and eight regional directors. The United States and Canada are divided into 29 regions (provinces) overseen by regional volunteers called province archons. Each chapter is required to have an active chapter adviser.