Pictured (l to r): Christopher Maddox, Jim Borders, Benton Mathis Jr., Phil Keb, and Ben Mathis III
Phi Delta Theta Fraternity alumnus and Atlanta attorney Ben Mathis, Jr. (Georgia Tech ’81) was among the five Georgia Tech fraternity and sorority alumni/ae that were recently inducted into the university’s inaugural Greek Hall of Fame.
“It was a great honor to be a part of the inaugural class,” said Mathis who was initiated into the Fraternity’s Georgia Delta chapter at Georgia Tech. “A highlight of the night was having fellow chapter brothers Phil Keb (Georgia Tech ’75) and Jim Borders (Georgia Tech ’80) present which only emphasized that the friendships made during our days as actives do indeed last a lifetime.” His son Ben Mathis, III is currently an active member of the Georgia Delta chapter.
The Georgia Tech Greek Hall of Fame was established to commemorate the institution’s 125th anniversary of Greek Life and the inductees were honored during a private gala on April 18, 2014. Candidates were evaluated on exemplifying the ideals of their fraternity or sorority Creed as well as notable accomplishments in one or more of the following: Greek life, Georgia Tech, their community and/or their profession.
“Brother Mathis has continually supported the chapter as well as the university and its Greek community. For a member of Phi Delta Theta to be included in the inaugural class of the Georgia Tech Greek Hall of Fame is a true testament to the fraternity’s commitment to excellence,” said Chris Maddox, the current Georgia Delta President. “We are honored by his accomplishments and are proud to call him a Phi.”
As an undergraduate, Mathis served as senior class president and was a member of ANAK and Omicron Delta Kappa honorariums. As an active member of Phi Delta Theta he achieved top academic honors among his new member piers, was recognized as the chapter’s Outstanding Sophomore, and named Outstanding Phi Delta Theta Senior by the Phil Delta Theta Alumni Club of Atlanta.
During the years since graduation, he served on Georgia Delta’s house corporation for more than 10 years and chairman of the university’s Greek Alumni Council where he was honored as Outstanding Alumni Volunteer. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association Board of Trustees and is a member of the Scheller College of Business Advisory Board.
Outside of Phi Delta Theta and Georgia Tech, Mathis is founding partner of Freeman, Mathis & Gary, LLC, a prominent Atlanta law firm. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the State of Georgia Chamber of Commerce, sits on the executive cabinet for the Cobb County United Way, and is a past president of the Atlanta Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.