MTSU recognized nationally for excellence in enhan...

MTSU recognized nationally for excellence in enhancing students’ sorority experience

Middle Tennessee State University was among a select group of institutions recognized for excellence by the National Panhellenic Conference, the largest advocacy and support organization for the women’s sorority experience.

Headquartered near Indianapolis, the conference earlier this fall announced the recipients of the 2021-22 College Panhellenic Association Awards to recognize their accomplishments in Panhellenic operations and work to support the women’s-only sorority experience during 2021-22. 

MTSU was among only seven universities receiving a 2021-22 Excellence Award, with other recipients including Auburn University, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, University of Georgia, University of Louisiana, Lafayette, and University of Washington.

College Panhellenic Associations are affiliates of NPC established to enable cooperation among the women’s-only sororities on campus. Each College Panhellenic Association is student-led and composed of all NPC member sorority chapters on the respective campus.

“These College Panhellenic Associations have excelled in areas of council achievement and community support,” said Linda Henderson, 2020-22 College Panhellenics Committee chairman. “We’re pleased to recognize these associations and their member chapters for excellence and innovation in Panhellenic operations during the previous academic year. The success of these College Panhellenics demonstrates there is a bright future ahead for their associations and the wider Panhellenic community.”

College Panhellenic Associations were eligible to receive recognition for their work in academic innovation, community impact, judicial procedure, leadership, marketing, programming and recruitment. Additionally, to receive an Excellence Award, the College Panhellenic must demonstrate a set of Panhellenic core competencies, such as adhering to NPC Unanimous Agreements and policies, meeting deadlines for dues and reports and keeping NPC’s information and contacts database up to date.

Leslie Merritt, director, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life
Leslie Merritt

At MTSU, the College Panhellenic represents six sororities on campus: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega, Kappa Delta and Zeta Tau Alpha. The National Panhellenic Conference governs all 26 national NPC groups and College Panhellenics, said Leslie Merritt, director of MTSU Fraternity and Sorority Life within the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership.

MTSU Fraternity and Sorority Life logo

“NPC awarding this prestigious honor to the MTSU College Panhellenic recognizes the hard work of the past two executive boards and the hundreds of members who comprise the College Panhellenic at MTSU,” Merritt said. “As the director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, I am proud of the diligent efforts that the CPH sorority women have made in providing a worthwhile sisterhood experience to their members, excelling in all Panhellenic operational areas, and providing opportunities for members to grow personally.”

For more information about MTSU Fraternity and Sorority Life, visit or email

About the National Panhellenic Conference

NPC, the largest organization advocating for the women’s-only sorority experience, is the trade association for 26 national and international sororities. NPC sororities are located on nearly 670 campuses with more than 375,000 undergraduate members in more than 3,350 chapters. Alumnae are represented in nearly 3,500 associations throughout the world. For more information, including a complete list of NPC sororities, visit

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