Founders Week

First President of Beta Gamma Sigma, Professor Fayette Elwell

Professor Fayette Elwell, Beta Gamma Sigma's 
First President


Beta Gamma Sigma commemorates its anniversary with our Founders Week celebration February 13-19, 2017. The Society is taking a look back at its long history of honoring “the best in business,” while at the same time considering its impact on the business world of the future.

The Society has established more than 500 collegiate chapters and 30 alumni chapters in its 100+ year history. Beta Gamma Sigma has inducted more than 750,000 outstanding students into membership since its founding in 1913. These 750,000 members have served in corporate, government, non-profit, educational, and other management positions at every level of responsibility. Members currently reside in all 50 U.S. states and more than 160 countries around the world. With this type of resume, Beta Gamma Sigma certainly has many things to celebrate.

Beta Gamma Sigma was founded as a national organization on February 19, 1913. The first national honor society in business was a merger of three separate societies established to honor academic achievement in business at the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois and the University of California.

In February 2017 we’d like to celebrate our founding with not just a day but a week of events, excitement and memories. All of which will help us look to the future of Beta Gamma Sigma.

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“Success is not to be measured by income but by influence, not by power but by personality, not by capital but by character.”
- Stephen W. Gilman, one of three professors who founded Beta Gamma Sigma at the University of Wisconsin 

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