Zeta Delta chapter traces its roots to 1966 when Alpha Theta Pi local sorority was established. The group became Alpha Delta Pi's fifth chapter in Alabama when it was installed. Eta members from the University of Alabama and Kappa sisters from Samford assisted. Martha Green Isom, Kappa, served as Zeta Delta's advisor for many years before becoming an international officer. In 1992, Tommie Cowley Ford, who attended the university before the chapter was installed, was invited to become an alumnae initiate. She has worked with her husband, Tom Ford, on The Adelphean for more than 30 years.