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Since our first Lodge at the University of Michigan, the presence of a private place for Brothers to gather has enhanced the Chi Psi experience. This gathering place varies from traditional live-in Lodges to residence halls with space allocated to Chi Psi to non-residential meeting locations. Regardless of its form, a sense of place is important for each Alpha.

Recognizing the importance of this fundamental tradition, the Executive Council of Chi Psi formed Spencer Properties in 2007 with the following goals:

  • Assist with Lodge construction for younger Alphas.
  • Provide funding through loans or donations
  • Assume ownership and management of Lodges if a corporation chooses to surrender ownership.
  • Purchase Lodges in danger of being sold to host institutions.
  • Provide consulting services to Chi Psi alumni housing corporations.

In 2012, we developed a national partnership with CSL Management, which provides strategic oversight and property management expertise for Chi Psi properties across the country. For more information on CSL, please contact Woody Ratterman.


Click here for the Spencer Properties Operating Agreement.

Spencer Properties Board of Directors:

Lathrop B. Nelson III, OΔ '97, Chairman - Philadelphia, PA

Samuel C. Bessey, HΔ '97, President - Nashville, TN

John W. Goodwin, B '71 - Columbia, SC

Andrew J. Dewing, OΔ '84 - Suffolk, VA

James Van Dyke, E '01 - Grosse Pointe, MI

Max Rubin, YΔ '08 - Pittsburgh, PA


Spencer Properties Sub-Entities and Other Accounts:

Alpha Building Fund


Berkeley Holdings, LLC

Berkeley Holdings owns and operates the Delta Delta Lodge in Berkeley, California at the University of California.


Nick Gilly, ΔΔ '07, President - San Francisco, CA

Samuel C. Bessey, HΔ `97, Treasurer - Nashville, TN

James Van Dyke, E '01, Director - Grosse Pointe, MI


Berkeley Holdings Operating Agreement 

Oxford Holdings, LLC

Oxford Holdings leases and operates the Rho Delta Lodge in Oxford, Ohio at Miami University.



Robert A. Dearth, Jr., A '66, President - Cincinnati, OH

Samuel C. Bessey, HΔ `97, Treasurer - Nashville, TN

Andrew J. Dewing, OΔ '84, Director - Suffolk, VA

Benjamin M. Cox, PΔ '06, Director - Cincinnati, OH

Tom Jeffcott, PΔ '10, Director - Columbus, OH




Oxford Holdings Operating Agreement 



Lodge Resources

Item Name Posted By Date Posted
ABF Rules DOCX (26.01 KB)  more ] Administration 12/18/2014
Best Practices for Corporations PDF (314.28 KB) Administration 11/6/2013
Inspections/Codes Worksheet PDF (58.75 KB) Administration 11/6/2013
Lodge Budget Template XLSX (34.76 KB) Administration 11/6/2013
Opening the Lodge Checklist PDF (208.5 KB) Administration 11/6/2013
Room Inspection Check In & Check Out Form PDF (316.57 KB) Administration 11/6/2013
Lodge Director Description PDF (315.98 KB) Administration 11/6/2013
Preventative Maintenance Guide PDF (113.35 KB) Administration 11/6/2013
Winterizing the Lodge Checklist PDF (207.75 KB) Administration 11/6/2013
Closing the Lodge for Summer Checklist PDF (205.33 KB) Administration 11/6/2013
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