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William Kneip – Ole Miss

Ole Miss Columns Society

Road to Greatness


Mississippi Alpha (Ole Miss) Phi William Kneip was recently selected as one of twenty four students on campus to be a part of The Columns Society at the University of Mississippi. The Columns Society is a group of twelve men and twelve women who serve as the official hosts for the University. The group is based upon the principles of humble service, leadership and integrity. The Columns Society serves the University of Mississippi at all functions where it is desired to have students welcome guests and visitors to the University of Mississippi.

William is a sophomore from Mobile, Alabama. He is a member of the Trent Lott Leadership Institute which consists of a major of Public Policy and Leadership. William pledged Phi Delta Theta at Ole Miss in 2012, and he is currently the Philanthropy Chairman for Mississippi Alpha. He is also currently serving as the leadership chairman of the Lambda Sigma Honors Society, one of the most renowned service and honor societies.

The Columns selection process began with an open application available for all rising juniors and seniors at the University of Mississippi. The extensive and thorough interview process began with group interviews with University administrators and Executive members of the Society. Many students applied and the number was drastically reduced before the second round of interviews began. The second round of interviews was held a week later. William found himself opening the door to a boardroom of top University administrators and faculty sitting on the edge of their seats waiting to see if he was capable and willing to represent the University to their guests and alumni.

The Mississippi Alpha Chapter is filled with gentleman who are capable and willing to serve in such a role, and William is truly honored to be able to serve his University while representing the principles of every member of Phi Delta Theta around the world.

It is interesting to note that the pledge of the Column’s society mirrors that of the cardinal principles instilled in every member of Phi Delta Theta. The principles of Friendship, Sound Learning, and Moral Rectitude, alongside the friends William has met and the brothers who have supported him, have built a strong foundation that allowed him to pursue and achieve this goal.

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