August 3-6, 2024 / Oxford, Oh

Kleberg Emerging Leaders Institute

Designed for young members of the Fraternity who aspire to one day lead their chapter, Kleberg is an amazing opportunity for members to learn more about Phi Delta Theta beyond the borders of their campus, develop relations with brothers from across the organization, and build the skills necessary to become a better leader and Phi.


Phi Delta Theta welcomes nearly 1,000 undergraduates across North America to Oxford, Ohio each summer for the Kleberg Emerging Leaders Institute.

Kleberg, named for benefactors Tio and Janell Kleberg, is a cornerstone of Phi Delta Theta’s membership development program, The Pursuit of Greatness. Designed for young members of the Fraternity who aspire to one day lead their chapter, Kleberg is an amazing opportunity for members to learn more about Phi Delta Theta beyond the borders of their campus, develop relations with brothers from across the organization, and build the skills necessary to become a better leader and Phi.


The Kleberg Emerging Leaders Institute will take place from August 3-6, 2024, in Oxford, Ohio. Attendees should plan to arrive by mid-day Saturday and leave Tuesday morning.


Chapters are required to register a minimum of four delegates to attend Kleberg. These four delegates are able to register free of charge:

  • Three are required to attend the standard Kleberg track
  • One is required to attend the chaplain’s track.
  • Additional delegates may register for the standard Kleberg track at $350 per delegate.

Failure to meet the minimum expectations for delegate attendees at Kleberg will result in a $2,000 fine charged to the chapter.

Registration is located in myPhiDelt (Conference Registration). Chapters will be awarded points as part of Milestone 6 of the Chapter Accreditation Program if registered by the May 1 deadline. Once registered, an email will be sent with additional information.

All questions regarding Kleberg registration can be sent to Renée Crist Lefter.

After the registration deadline of May 1, the following fees apply to late registrations:

  • Late registration fee (beginning May 15) = $25
  • Late registration fee (beginning July 1) = $50
  • Delegate change fee (beginning July 1) = $25

First-Gen Phi Delt Summit

Save the date for the First-Gen Phi Delt Summit on August 2!

The Summit is an opportunity for participants to share their experiences,
network with one another, and cultivate a community across the Fraternity.
This year’s focus will be on career and professional development.

Hear from our keynote speaker, Senior Assoc. Dean of Student Experience at the University of Puget Sound and Past President of the General Council, as he shares his first-gen experiences on how he navigated college and his
early career. The agenda below gives an outline of the events for the day.
Meals will be provided at no cost.

All first-generation students attending Kleberg ELI are welcome.

First-Generation Phi Delt Summit Agenda

  • 9:00 a.m. – Opening Breakfast and Keynote Speaker
    Moe Stephens II
  • 10:45 a.m. – Resourcing Yourself for Success
    Austin Deray and Nolan Kamoo
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. – Using Campus Services and Creating Connections
    Jesse Moyer and Aaron Hollis
  • 2:00 p.m. – Workshop Choice A or B
    A. Preparing for Work After College
    Michael Boulter
    B. Preparing for Graduate School
    Austin Deray
  • 3:45 p.m. – Networking Reception

Faculty Info

The Fraternity is always in need of effective facilitators who can guide Kleberg attendees through specific learning objectives within the conference’s curriculum. If you are interested in serving the Kleberg Emerging Leaders Institute as a faculty member, we encourage you to fill out the online faculty application before the May 1 deadline. Final faculty selections are made in early May. 

The Fraternity covers the travel and lodging expenses of Kleberg faculty members.

Faculty should plan to arrive the afternoon/evening of Friday, August 2nd, as faculty orientation will begin Saturday morning.

How to apply:

  • Members of Phi Delta Theta – Complete the application in myPhiDelt.
  • Not a Phi Delt? Please message Aaron Hollis for instructions.

Peer Mentor Info

Through the generosity of Clay and Debbie Jones, Phi Delta Theta welcomes a cohort of peer mentors to Kleberg. The peer mentor program focuses on enhancing existing leadership skills in group facilitation, problem-solving, and communication. Peer mentors are exposed to several different areas and initiatives within Phi Delta Theta through interaction with senior staff members and members of the General Council.

Each peer mentor is paired with a faculty member and becomes an integral part of their respective Kleberg Emerging Leaders Institute chapter. They guide participants through the programing and assist the lead faculty member in facilitating the chapter meeting curriculum. Each peer mentor also helps the GHQ staff execute various aspects of the conference. The experience allows the peer mentors with the opportunity to peek behind the Kleberg curtain to see the amount of teamwork it takes to put on an event of this scale.

Peer mentors also participate in special educational sessions. These sessions include discussions and presentations on vital topics to Phi Delta Theta and the entire interfraternal world. Ultimately, peer mentors return to their home chapters with a better appreciation for Phi Delta Theta and new leadership insight to improve their chapters.

To qualify as a candidate as a peer mentor, an undergraduate Phi Delt must meet all the following criteria:

  • Have an anticipated graduation year of 2025 or 2026.
  • Have previous chapter or campus leadership experience.
  • Be able to attend the entire conference (August 2–August 6, 2024).
  • Have a desire to give back to the Fraternity after graduation as a staff member, live-in leadership adviser, or volunteer.
  • Have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Peer mentors should plan to arrive in the morning/early afternoon of Friday, August 2, as programming will begin Friday evening. The Fraternity covers all the travel and lodging costs for peer mentors.

Applications are now closed.


Undergraduate attendees should arrive in Oxford by mid-day on Saturday, August 3, and leave the morning of Tuesday, August 6.

Are you driving?

If you will be driving to Oxford, report to  Havighurst Hall (350 Western College Dr., Oxford, OH 45056) on the Miami University campus to register and check in to your room. Please fill out our parking permit form.

Are you flying?

All Kleberg delegate flights should arrive at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG). When you arrive at CVG on Saturday, August 3, gather your bags and head to Zone 5 of the ground transportation east terminal. A staff member will be standing near the baggage claim area to help direct you. View the schedule below to determine which bus is appropriate to take given your arrival time. Please note that you may have a wait time based on when your flight arrives.

  • Bus #1 – 9:00 a.m.
  • Bus #2 – 11:00 a.m.
  • Bus #3 – 12:30 p.m.
  • Bus #4 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Bus #5 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Bus #6 – 4:00 p.m.

Phi Delta Theta’s shuttles will only go to and from CVG. If you are arriving or departing elsewhere, you will need to find transportation to and from Oxford.

On Tuesday, August 6, scheduled bus runs will take Kleberg delegates and peer mentors back to the airport.

Travel Reimbursements

The General Fraternity offers one allowance (round-trip to and from the chapter location to Oxford) per each chapter that sends at least the required four delegates to the summer conference. This is not intended to offset all travel costs, but should supplement your chapter’s budget for conference travel expenses.

Chapters outside a 650-mile radius of Oxford, Ohio will receive a reimbursement rate of $.20 per mile. Those chapters within the 650-mile radius will receive $.10 per mile. If your chapter has Chapter Endowment Funds available with the Phi Delta Theta Foundation, it is noted on the chart below. Delegates from those chapters will learn more about this assistance upon registering on-site at Kleberg.

Chapter delegate requirements and reimbursement chart


The Fraternity provides lodging while in Oxford. Each delegate will stay in a double room with a Phi from another chapter. Delegates needing to arrive a day early because of travel arrangements will be charged $45. Any additional travel cost will be the delegate’s responsibility.

Shaffer Honors College of Leadership

A 400-Level Leadership Experience

Recipients of the Whole Man Scholarship have the opportunity to attend the Shaffer Honors College of Leadership during the same weekend as Kleberg.

The Shaffer Honors College of Leadership is designed to offer an in-depth exploration into an individual’s leadership style, valuable lessons in constructive disruption and innovation, and an intense focus on effective teams and ethical leadership. Participants have a unique opportunity to learn from successful Phi Delt alumni and volunteers.

The 2024 Shaffer Honors College of Leadership will take place from Saturday, August 3 – Tuesday, August 6.

Attendees should plan to arrive by mid-day Saturday and leave Tuesday morning.

View the Schedule

Registration and Whole Man Scholarships Information

Whole Man Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate members who successfully complete the Shaffer Honors College of Leadership held in conjunction with the Kleberg Emerging Leaders Institute in Oxford, Ohio every summer. To attend the Shaffer Honors College, a member must be nominated by his chapter’s executive board and apply for the Whole Man Scholarship.

Chapters with designated Whole Man Scholarships will receive an email from Bonnie Schiller requesting the name of their nominee(s).

Certain Whole Man Scholarships will become available to Phi Delt Nation if a designated Whole Man Scholarship chapter fails to submit a nominee.

The Whole Man Scholarship application is located in myPhiDelt. Upon completion of the judging process, Whole Man Scholarship selections will be notified via email and receive instructions to register for Shaffer Honors College.

Registration materials, lodging, and housing are provided at no cost to the members who attend. Travel costs are NOT provided.

Prior Whole Man Scholars are not eligible for consideration. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Bonnie Schiller.

The Klebergs

Tio Kleberg, Texas Tech ’69, is the owner of King Ranch in Kingsville, Texas. For over 150 years, King Ranch has been on the forefront of innovation in cattle and horse breeding and large-scale range management techniques. In addition to its large-scale ranching and farming operations, King Ranch is active in industries as diverse as publishing, retail, and eco-tourism.

Tio credits Phi Delt as the place he learned to be a leader and first aspired to make a difference. Tio and Janell made Phi Delt history by giving $1 million in support of the Emerging Leaders Institute. In gratitude for their generosity, ELI was renamed the Kleberg Emerging Leaders Institute in 2012. In 2016, the Kleberg’s supported an additional $100,000 commitment to support the Leadership and Ethics Academy.

Kleberg Memories

A glimpse into one of the Fraternity’s greatest experiences.