THETA XI - AUBURN UNIVERSITY
A Home For All True Men
Auburn Theta Xi Provides Opportunities
for Leadership Development and Personal Growth
To Lead. To Serve
What is Theta Xi?
Theta Xi strives to provide a college home environment for students at Auburn University. Through academic, philanthropic, and social events, Theta Xi provides opportunities for personal growth and leadership development. Founded at Auburn in 1954, the Beta Zeta chapter has been a home for generations of undergraduates and alumni over the past 7 decades.
All True Men
Theta Xi has established the All True Men program to recognize and support chapters which go above and beyond the standards for accreditation. As an All True Men chapter, The Beta Zeta colony will have access to a dedicated leadership coach, additional grant monies from Headquarters for educational resources, and additional attendees at the Theta Xi Rising Stars Academy.
Theta Xi was founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York on April 29, 1864. Theta Xi currently has 51 chapters and 3 colonies across the country. The national organization provides various leadership training for chapter officers and members.
James Voss, a Beta Zeta Alumnus who served as Chapter President from 1970-1971. Jim's many achievements while serving his country include the longest spacewalk on record (8 hours and 56 minutes) on STS-102, a distinguished career at NASA, service in the Army, graduation from both Army Ranger School and Army Airborne School, and receipt of the Outstanding Student Award while attending US Navy Test Pilot School. After retiring from NASA in 2003,Jim became Associate Dean of Engineering for External Affairs at Auburn University. Jim will be nationally honored at the 2022 Theta Xi Annual Convention as the Theta Xi Man of Distinction, for excellence in his career after graduation.
Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess retired from the U.S. Army as the17th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012. Throughout his 38-year Army career, and in his roles with Auburn, Burgess has continued to serve the U.S. intelligence community by providing leadership and strategic vision that contributes to safeguarding U.S. national security interests.
Eric O'Neill, pictured while presenting at Hermitage High School, is a former FBI operative and Beta Zeta Alumnus. He is best known for his counterintelligence efforts to convict Robert Hanssen of spying against the U.S.
James W. Rane is chairman, president, and CEO of Great Southern Wood Preserving, Inc., the leading producer of pressure treated lumber in the United States, and has been a member of the Auburn University Board of Trustees since 1999.
Scott Yates is the current Beta Zeta Alumni Board President, and a Beta Zeta Brother initiated in 1991. After Scott’s time at Auburn, he served in the US Army as a Communications specialist, stationed in South Korea. After leaving the Army, Scott has worked with Cox Communications as an Associate Vice President. Scott had been integral to the success of Beta Zeta over the last three decades, and will be nationally honored at the 2022 Theta Xi Convention as the newest member of the Order of the Unicorn, Theta Xi’s highest honor.