Originally a part of Gulf Coast Region, the Southern Region was created in 2001 with the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas.
The decision to split the two regions was made because of the phenomenal potential for growth happening in the four states. Chris O’Banner was appointed as the first Regional Polaris for the Southern Region.
Since its creation, the Southern Region has been active in expanding Iota Phi Theta® throughout the region. This has included charting new chapters and reactivating old ones. For its efforts, the region was awarded the Region of the Year Award at the 29th International Conclave.