In Room 47 West Range at the University of Virginia, Frederick Southgate Taylor, Littleton Waller Tazewell, James Benjamin Sclater Jr., and Robertson Howard set out to form a fraternity. Soon afterward, Julian Edward Wood and William Alexander were proposed for membership and admitted as Founders. The Founders very quickly prohibited ‘horseplay’ or hazing of new member —a trait often found in existing fraternities at the time—as they believed such practices ran counter to their mission of promoting “brotherly love and kind feeling.”

The essence of the Founders’ vision for Pi Kappa Alpha can be found in its Preamble. A committee was first suggested by Brother William Alexander “to draw up a statement of the origin and the organization of the Fraternity.” The committee was composed of brothers Robertson Howard and Littleton Waller Tazewell.

The resulting statement is now referred to as the Preamble.

For the establishment of friendship on a firmer and more lasting basis; for the promotion of brotherly love and kind feeling; for the mutual benefit and advancement of the interests of those with whom we sympathize and deem worthy of our regard; We have resolved to form a fraternity, believing that, thus we can most successfully accomplish our object.