Omicron Delta Kappa’s governing bodies have been fortunate to have many individuals who have served with distinction throughout years. In the interest of retaining connection with these dedicated volunteers, a number of members have been honored with the designation of trustee emeritus or trustee emerita. Designation of emeritus/a classification is authorized by majority vote of the Board of Trustees of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society and Educational Foundation. Emeriti trustees may continue to participate to in meetings of the board and participate in deliberations but shall have no vote and shall not be counted in computing a quorum at any meeting or in determining the total number of trustee required or permitted by the bylaws. They may, however, be appointed as voting members of governing or operating committees.
Stephen D. Bisese has served as the vice president for student development at the University of Richmond since 2006. Prior to this appointment, he served as the dean of Richmond College from 2002 – 2006. In addition, Steve served as the vice president for student development at Georgetown College (Ky.) for ten years. His background also includes work in residence life at the University of Tennessee and The College of William and Mary.
Initiated into The College of William and Mary Circle in 1982, Steve has gone on to serve Omicron Delta Kappa as its national vice president for extension (1998-2006) and as national president (2006-10). Steve has also served as a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation Board of Trustees. He has been an advisor for the Georgetown College and University of Richmond circles of Omicron Delta Kappa, and he is a 2014 recipient of the Cheryl M. Hogle Award for Distinguished Service.
Steve is active as a committee chair for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is a long-time member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and the Association of Colleges of the South (ACS). Steve is married and has two daughters. He loves golf but admits to not being very good at the game.
Bruce David Forbes is professor emeritus of religious studies and former chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa. He was a charter faculty member of the Morningside College Circle in 1983, when the college’s local unaffiliated upper class honor society sought membership in O∆K, and he has served as an active faculty member and as the faculty advisor to the circle for many years. Bruce was a member of the O∆K National Advisory Council from 2012-16 and served as its chair from 2014-16. He served as the National Vice President and chair of the Membership and Circle Standards Committee from 2016-18. He was named Trustee Emeritus in 2019, and he was given the Cheryl M. Hogle Distinguished Service Award in 2020.
Bruce is the author of Christmas: A Candid History (2007) and a co-editor of Religion and Popular Culture in America (2000, 2005) and Rapture, Revelation and the End Times: Exploring the Left Behind Series (2004), plus numerous other book chapters and articles. His academic specialties are the history of American religion and the analysis of religion in popular culture. However, his teaching in a small department has developed his competencies as a generalist, offering a wide range of courses such as Introduction to Religious Studies, Christian Ethics, Science and Religion, American Indian Religions, Religion in America, History of Christianity, Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Politics, and Religion and Popular Culture. He also has served as a national and regional officer in the American Academy of Religion, the major scholarly society for faculty and graduate students in religious studies.
Morningside is a teaching-focused institution, and Bruce has received every teaching award Morningside College has to offer: the Lucille and Charles Wert Faculty Excellence Award in 2002 (chosen annually by a faculty committee) and the O∆K Faculty of the Year Award in 1982 and 2002 (an award normally presented only once to a faculty member, chosen by O∆K members). In addition to these awards selected by faculty and by students, in 2003 Morningside College initiated the Sharon Walker Faculty Excellence Award, selected by outside evaluators and presented to three teachers annually. Bruce was one of the three recipients in the first year of the Walker awards, and in 2007 he became the first faculty member to receive it a second time.
Bruce is a graduate of Morningside College where he received his undergraduate degree. He earned his Master of Theology degree from the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and his Doctor of Philosophy degree was earned at Princeton Theological Seminary.
J. David Gibbs earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Richmond where he was initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa. He has previously served his alma mater as a member of the Richmond Council. He went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from Emory University’s School of Law. He was named Trustee Emeritus in 2020.
David is the chairman and co-founder of e|space, Inc. In addition, he is principal of consultancy with The West Bridge Group, LLC and is an active angel investor in Nashville, Tenn.
As a volunteer, David is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brehm Foundation and the Brehm Preparatory School, and he is Chair of the Brehm Capital Campaign. He was chairman of the Board of Trustees for Klingberg Family Centers. In addition, he is a Life Member of the Safari Club, the National Rifle Association, and the Boone and Crockett Club.
David joined the O∆K Foundation Board of Trustees in 2013 and served through 2018. He previously served as the vice president of the O∆K Foundation Board from 2014-16. David and his wife Kaye LaFollette (Belmont University, 2018) reside in Brentwood, Tenn.
At the University of Kentucky (UK), John Herbst served as the executive director of the Student Center from 1997-2019. Previously, he was the director of student activities at UK. He has been recognized nationally as both the Outstanding Student Government Advisor (2000) and the Outstanding Student Activities Director (1985), and he has also served on the national Board of Directors of the National Association for Campus Activities. In addition to his responsibilities as director of the student center, he also serves as the University Commencement Committee Chairman and was on the university’s SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation Team. He has also been a member of the University Student Affairs Crisis Response Team and is FEMA certified as a Campus-Community Emergency Response Team Trainer.
John has produced a number of entertainment shows for television and Lexington Gala Fundraisers, including serving as Executive Producer for “Ladies of Note,” recognized by the National Educational Television Association as first place major concert performance in a major market.
John was initiated into the University of Kentucky’s Nu Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa in 1985. He has served as the faculty secretary/circle coordinator of the circle since 1991. From 2006-10, he was a regional director for O∆K, and he was national convention chair in 2002. He has also been a member of the General Council and a faculty province director. John has also served as parliamentarian for the 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014, 2016, and 2018 conventions. John currently serves Omicron Delta Kappa as a faculty/staff trustee. His current term on the board ends in June 2020.
He is a recipient of both the Eldridge Roark Meritorious Service Award and the Cheryl M. Hogle Distinguished Service Award. He has chaired both the National Public Relations Committee and the National Awards Committee. John was a member of the National Advisory Council from 2010-16.
In his free time, John is a commercial hot air balloon pilot and enjoys travelling and spending time with his son, Marshall. He also has served as the chairman of Christian Education at his church in Lexington. John also currently serves on the board of directors of a private Christian school in Lexington, Kentucky, the community in which he resides.
Sally Jones Hill received her Bachelor of Science from Auburn University where she was initiated in Chi Omega as an undergraduate and into Omicron Delta Kappa in 1998. She recently served Auburn as one of the co-chairs of its successful comprehensive campaign and as a member of its presidential search committee. She was named O∆K Trustee Emerita in 2017.
Sally’s career has spanned from education to business to horse breeding. She taught at her alma mater as well as West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She was the personnel director for the NVF Company in Delaware and spent more than 20 years working for PSA, a marketing company based in New York City where she was the vice president. With her husband, Dr. Jim Hill, she owned and managed a large horse racing and breeding syndicate that still exists today. The Hills owned Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew.
Sally was a voting member of the Foundation Board of Trustees from 1996 to 2016. She served as the Foundation President from 1996 – 2002. O∆K has recognized her with the Distinguished Service Key in 1998, and she was presented with the Laurel Crowned Circle Award in 2003.
The Hills have two adult children and three grandchildren. They split their time between Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Miami, Fla., and El Paso, Texas.
Bill Latture earned a Bachelor of Science in naval science from the University of South Carolina in 1945 and a Bachelor of Science in commerce from Washington and Lee University in 1949. He was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa’s Alpha Circle in 1948. He has served Washington and Lee as class agent, a member of its Alumni Board of Directors and the George Washington Society, and chaired the Lee Chapel Capital Campaign. He is also a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.
In addition to serving his alma mater, Bill served in the U. S. Navy from 1943-46 where he attained the rank of Lt. (JG).
Bill is an Eagle Scout, has served as a Scoutmaster, and a longtime board member of the Old North State Council. He is the recipient of the Boy Scouts of America’s Silver Beaver Award and is a member of the 1910 Society.
He retired in 1982 after 33 years as an executive with Blue Bell, Inc. (acquired by VF, Inc.) He served as chairman of the Textile and Needle Trades Division of the American Society for Quality Control and is a recipient of its Distinguished Service Award.
Bill is a past president of the Greensboro Historical Museum. He is also the co-founder and past president of the Belle Meade Society and longtime volunteer there. He has been active in his church and served it in many capacities, including chairman of the Administrative Board and chairman of the Trustees.
He has been a member of Summit Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. He has been active with the Greensboro Mental Health Association and Greensboro Opera.
He and his wife Louise (Washington and Lee University, 2017) are longtime residents of Greensboro, N.C. and since 2007 they have lived at Well Spring Retirement Community, where Bill has served as president of its Residents’ Association. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Bill served as a regular member of the O∆K Foundation Board of Trustees from 2004-18. He was named trustee emeritus in 2018.
William “Bill” Johnston is a 1989 honoris causa initiate of the Alpha Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa at Washington and Lee University. He served as president of the O∆K Foundation from 2006-10. He also served on the Omicron Delta Kappa Society Board of Directors and is a member of O∆K’s Five Star Society. He was named Trustee Emeritus in January 2018, and he is the 2014 recipient of the Laurel Crowned Circle Award. Bill is a graduate of Washington and Lee University.
Bill is the former president and chief operating officer of the New York Stock Exchange, a position that he held from 1996 to 2001. He previously served the NYSE as a governor, vice chairman, director, and senior advisor to the chairman. Earlier in his career, he was with LaBranche & Company and Mitchum, Jones, & Templeton. He was also the founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Agora Securities from 1980-90.
Although professionally retired, Bill is still very active with a number of charitable organizations. He is on the Board of Trustees of the New College of Florida and has served on its foundation and property corporation. In addition, he is active with the Plymouth Harbor Foundation and the Visible Men Academy of Bradenton, Fla.
Bill and his wife Elizabeth “Betsy” Moore Johnston have been married since 1962. They are the proud parents of two children and two granddaughters. They reside in Bradenton, Fla. and Fenwick Island, Del.
Rich Pirrotta is a frequent speaker, seminar leader, and teacher on the topics of leadership, strategy, motivation, e-business, and environmental management. He has been a member of the National Speakers Association, the leading organization for professional speakers, since 1999. His topics draw from his experiences as a line executive, management consultant, and teacher over the last 20 years. Rich is a senior operational leader, with a bias for action and a record of accomplishment for delivering outstanding business results in manufacturing, technology and e-commerce. He has broad, cross-organizational experience in strategy and strategy execution, management, finance, and operations, and has worked in over 30 countries. He is equally comfortable participating in strategic discussions with top-level management or working shoulder-to-shoulder with line personnel to get a job done.
Rich holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration in financial management and operations management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
Rich has served in a variety of positions: as a vice president of a division of a Fortune 50 company, general manager of an e-commerce startup that grew from five to 200 employees, senior manager with the mergers and acquisitions practice of Deloitte & Touche, senior manager in the manufacturing practice of Deloitte Consulting, and in product development with Procter & Gamble, where he earned a U.S. Patent on Pringle’s Potato Chips. He has deep functional experience in strategy development, operations, and transformational change, and he has served as a board member of six companies in various stages of growth. Most recently, Rich was involved with his own firm in consulting to businesses from the startup stage to $400 million in revenue.
With more than 20 years of experience in manufacturing, technology, and restructuring, Rich is a senior operational leader, with a bias for action and a record of accomplishment in delivering outstanding business results. He has broad, cross-organizational experience in operations, strategy, turnaround, management, and finance, and he has worked in more than 35 countries. He is equally comfortable leading or participating in strategic discussions with top-level management or working shoulder-to-shoulder with line personnel to get a job done.
Rich has served in president, vice president, COO, and CFO roles as a line executive, as well as spending ten years with Deloitte, first with their management consulting practice in Detroit, and later, with their mergers and acquisition practice in New York. As a consultant and adviser, he has contributed significant value to companies such as General Motors, RJR Nabisco, United Technologies, Merck, and Chevron.
Rich has also served as COO and CFO for a cloud based financial technology provider. He previously served in consecutive roles as president of Fastener Advance Products, COO of Enterprise Automotive Systems, and president of Vogel Industries, three Tier 1 precision component manufacturers ranging in size from $15 – $70 million. Each required growth, restructuring, and turnaround expertise in Michigan’s difficult economy. One of the companies required an orderly liquidation of the business, and Rich led the organization to a full $20 million payout of the lender’s position. His prior experience also includes serving as a vice president of a systems integration division of British Telecom.
Rich has deep functional experience in transformational change and strategy development, and he is a frequent speaker and seminar leader. He has taught in MBA programs at Wharton and the University of Michigan. He previously served as chairman of Wharton’s Global Alumni Association, with responsibility for an alumni network of more than 85,000 graduates.
He is an initiate of the Pennsylvania State University Circle where he also served as circle president. He served as O∆K’s National Treasurer from 1992-98 and Foundation Treasurer from 2011-16. He also served as a member of the O∆K Society Board of Directors from 1998-2000. Rich is a 2000 recipient of O∆K’s Eldridge W. Roark Jr. Meritorious Service Award. He previously served as a trustee of the Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation. Currently, Rich is a trustee-at-large, and his present term will conclude in June 2020.
Rich, his wife Kat Phillips, and their son reside in Franklin, Mich.
Andristine Robinson is a 1999 initiate of the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Circle and served as its founding faculty secretary/circle coordinator. From 2002-06, she served as the Province III faculty director. Andristine also served the Society as the national vice president for extension from 2006-12. Over the years, she has chaired the Resolutions Committee, the Committee on Extension, and the Ritual Review Ad Hoc Committee. Her past and current committee memberships include the Scholarship Review and Selection Committee, Joint Audit Committee, Executive Director Search Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, National Leader of the Year Committee, and the Membership Task Force.
Andristine received the Meritorious Service Award in 2003, and the Cheryl M. Hogle Distinguished Service Award in 2014. She became a member of the O∆K Foundation Board of Trustees in 2016. She was named Trustee Emerita in 2020, and the Society’s Champion Award for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity was named in her honor in the same year. Andristine is the first recipient of this award.
Andristine is currently the director of governance and diversity in the Office of the President at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC). In this role, she assists the president in establishing an agenda for the effective and efficient operation of the college. This includes coordinating institutional projects on behalf of the president and/or the chief of staff. Andristine provides major administrative support for the college’s governance system, the college-wide forum, and serves as PGCC’s chief diversity officer. She chairs the Commencement, Cultural Diversity, Interfaith and Community Service, and Civic Action committees for the college. In 2008, Andristine received the Administrator of the Year Award; and in 2014, she received the President’s Medal – the highest award that can be received by an employee.
Professionally, she is a member of the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity (AAAED), the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Maryland Community College Diversity Roundtable (which she co-chairs), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and the North American Association of Commencement Officers (NAACO). Andristine currently serves as a member of the Advisory Board for Women in Maryland Higher Education (WIMHE). She is also a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE).
While at PGCC, Andristine also served as the director of institutional initiatives and director of student services operations as well the interim dean of College Life Services. Prior to this, she worked as the assistant dean for student programs at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and as the associate dean of students/assistant vice president for student affairs at Lincoln University (Pennsylvania). Andristine began her work in higher education at West Virginia State University in residential life.
Andristine’s community involvement includes the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for which she is the president for the graduate chapter in Calvert County, Maryland. She is a 2014 graduate of Leadership Prince George’s and continues to volunteer for the organization. Andristine is the historian of the D.C. Metro Alumni Chapter of Lincoln University which sponsors activities for the community and new students attending the university.
She has served on the following boards: Leadership Prince George’s, Friends of Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum Board of Directors, Women in Maryland Higher Education Executive Board, and The St. Mary’s Ballet, Inc. Board of Directors. She also served for a number of years as a volunteer for the Southern Maryland Light the Night Leukemia Walk Planning Committee for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Maryland.
Andristine earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Lincoln University, graduating cum laude, and her Master of Arts in guidance and counseling (with a specialization in college student personnel) from Marshall University. Andristine and her husband Lewis reside in Huntingtown, Md. and have two adult children and have five grandchildren.
Thomas J. Vukovich was initiated into Omicron Delta Kappa by Theta Circle at the University of Akron in 1977. He served as Faculty Secretary of the UA Circle for 12 years and was Province Faculty Director and Member of the General Council before being elected to two terms as the O∆K National Vice President for Circle Standards. As National Vice President, Tom also served on the Foundation Board of Trustees. He received the Society’s John “Jack” D. Morgan Award for Lifetime Service in 2020.
More recently, he participated in the review and selection of O∆K scholarship recipients and served on the Capital Campaign Planning Committee. At the 2002 National Convention, Tom received the Distinguished Service Key from the Society (Cheryl M. Hogle Distinguished Service Award).
Upon retirement from the University of Akron, he and his wife, Dr. Diane Vukovich, established the Vukovich Regional Scholarship with Omicron Delta Kappa and are supporting the Vukovich Leadership Development Grant Fund as part of the capital campaign effort.
Tom earned his Bachelor of Science in Education from Ohio Northern University and his Master of Science in Education and Ph.D. from Kent State University in 1971 and 1982 respectively. He joined the University of Akron in 1972 as an academic advisor after seven years teaching science courses in two public school districts in Ohio. During his tenure at the University of Akron, he moved on to hold several leadership positions including Interim Dean of University College and finally Associate Provost for Student and Enrollment Services. He retired from the University of Akron in 2000 after 28 years of service.
Presently he and Diane volunteer as “EdZoocators” at the Akron Zoo and are co-chairs of the Social Committee for the Association of the University of Akron Retirees. They also actively support a variety of community organizations. The Vukovichs travel extensively, having visited more than 75 foreign countries and all seven continents. Tom and Diane reside in Akron, Ohio, and continue to support the University of Akron Zips football, basketball, and soccer teams.