During the early years of the fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma established its presence in states south of Virginia and west of the Mississippi River. With the Beta chapter at Wiley College in Texas and the Delta Chapter in Kansas State University, the Zeta Chapter was chartered at Morris Brown College in Atlanta. Soon after its establishment, fellow Morris Brown brother Walter M. Clarke became the fourth national president of the fraternity, making him the only collegiate brother to hold the position. In 1924, the Lambda Sigma Chapter was created in Atlanta as the first alumni chapter in the Georgia. The Chi Chapter and the Psi Chapters were chartered at Morehouse and Clark (now Clark Atlanta) Colleges respectively.
The fraternity began to expand outside of the Atlanta area by establishing alumni chapters in Brunswick, Savannah, Fort Valley, Albany, Columbus and Athens. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) became the site of newly chartered chapters in the 1940's as Fort Valley State, Albany State, and Savannah State Colleges. In 1958, the inauguaral Georgia State Confeference was held in Fort Valley as means to address the needs of the chapters in the state. By the end of the 1960's, every major Georgia city and HBCU had a Sigma Chapter.
With the integration of Predominately White Institutions, there was a huge growth in the fraternity as chapters were created at these colleges and universities. With the establishment of the collegiate chapters, several alumni chapters were chartered as well. In thirty years, the number of chapters in Georgia had doubled.
The 21st century saw more growth in the fraternity. Chapters were being chartered suburban areas of Atlanta and other cities such as Rome and Dublin. Today there are more than 40 chapters throughout the state.
The state of Georgia have many well known brothers who have served as president of the fraternity. These brothers are:
Hon. Walter M. Clarke
4th International President
1921 - 1922
Hon. Richard A. Billings
10th International President
1941 - 1944
Hon. Ras O. Johnson
12th International President
1948 - 1950
Hon. George W. Hightower
14th International President
Hon. Roswell O. Sutton
17th International President
1960 - 1962
Hon. William E. Stanley, Jr.
28th International President
1993 - 1995
There are brothers who have served as director of the Southern Region. They are:
The Distinguished Service Chapter is the highest individual honor a Phi Beta Sigma man can receive. Since 1929, the award has been given 186 brothers. The first brother from the state of Georgia to receive Distinguished Service Key is Cornelius V. Troup in 1930. In 2017, Michael W. Hines became the most recent Phi Beta Sigma man from Georgia to received the reward. Here are other brothers who have received the DSC key:
The Alain Leroy Locke Scholars chapter was established in 2009 to honor collegiate brothers who have maintained extremely high scholastic aptitude during their undergraduate matriculation. Since its creation two brothers from the state of Georgia have been inducted:
In 1981, The Outstanding Sigma of the Southern Region was created to honor brothers from the Southern Region who have done extraordinary work in the fraternity and their communities. Here is a list of brothers from the state of Georgia who have received the award: