Lexington, Va. (November 1, 2021) – The Omicron Delta Kappa Society and Educational Foundation Board of Trustees have selected Paul S. Trible, Jr. as the 2021 recipient of the Laurel Crowned Circle Award. First presented in 1980, the Laurel Crowned Circle Award is the highest individual honor awarded by Omicron Delta Kappa (O∆K). Recipients are exceptional leaders in their respective fields or noted for their service in advancing leadership development. Award winners also demonstrate the highest ideals of the Society: collaboration, inclusivity, integrity, scholarship, and service.
The award will be presented on Wednesday, November 1, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) in a ceremony in the Mary M. Torggler Fine Arts Center on the campus of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. O∆K’s Immediate Past Board Chair Sally K. Albrecht and President and Chief Executive Officer Tara S. Singer will present the award. The program will also be live-streamed via Zoom webinar at the link located here.
Paul S. Trible, Jr.
Trible earned his undergraduate degree from Hampden-Sydney College in 1968. He received his law degree from Washington and Lee University (W&L) in 1971. Trible was initiated into the Hampden-Sydney College Circle (chapter) of Omicron Delta Kappa in 1977 as an alumni member. He is a 2013 recipient of W&L’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
In 1996, Trible was appointed Christopher Newport University’s fifth president. He has overseen significant improvements to academic offerings and a complete transformation of the campus into a world-class liberal arts and sciences university. Trible currently serves on the Council of Presidents of Virginia’s public colleges and universities and is a former chair of the NCAA Division III President’s
After graduation from W&L, Trible served as a law clerk for a federal judge. He then served as a commonwealth’s attorney of Essex County from 1974-76. From 1976-77, he was a member of the Virginia Law Enforcement Officers Training and Standards Commission. Trible was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1977, serving three terms. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1983 and served until 1989. Trible was a member of the United States Delegation to the United Nations in 1988 and a teaching fellow at the Institute of Politics, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 1989.
Past recipients of the Laurel Crowned Circle Award include business leaders, scholars, heads of large nonprofit organizations, journalists, academic administrators, and philanthropists, including former U.S. Attorney General Richard Thornburgh, former U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, acclaimed author James MacGregor Burns, President of the United Negro College Fund Michael Lomax, and a host of university presidents and philanthropists.
About Omicron Delta Kappa
Omicron Delta Kappa Society, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded on the campus of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, on December 3, 1914. A group of 15 students and faculty members established the Society to recognize and encourage leadership at the collegiate level. The founders established the O∆K Idea—the concept that individuals representing all pillars of collegiate life should collaborate with faculty and others to support the campus and community. O∆K’s mission is to honor and develop leaders; encourage collaboration among students, faculty, staff, and alumni; and promote O∆K’s ideals of collaboration, inclusivity, integrity, scholarship, and service on college and university campuses throughout North America. The headquarters are located in Lexington, Virginia.
Tara S. Singer, president and chief executive officer, Omicron Delta Kappa, (540) 458-5340, firstname.lastname@example.org