Beginning in 1964, Jim Anderson and soon-to-be fraternity brothers paved the way for future students at Fort Hays State University by founding Alpha Kappa Psi’s 139th chapter, Zeta Pi. Chapter members received a special treat last spring when Anderson returned to his old stomping grounds.
Anderson said he visited his alma mater to have an opportunity to talk to students who are still abiding by the principles and values he put in place 55 years ago.
His visit began with a tour of campus and a walk down memory lane with current Zeta Pi chapter members. Anderson even gave a speech, detailing his career and the importance of a work-life balance, which he understands as a father of four.
“It was an incredible experience to connect with one of the founding members of Zeta Pi and to see and hear their successes after leaving the university,” said brother Kattie Jenik.
Jenik said the chapter hopes more alumni will visit and tell their stories to the student members who are still learning and writing the first chapter in their lives.
Since graduating in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in business, Anderson began a long and impressive career in insurance, including a decade as the chief executive officer of Fremont Life Insurance Company from 1986 – 1996. He also spent time as the senior vice president of Americo Life, Inc., managing marketing and sales operations. Anderson is retired now, residing in Paso Robles, California.