Frankfort, Ky. (April 24, 2019) – Kentucky State University’s petition for a charter of The National Leadership Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa (O∆K), was approved recently by the organization’s board of directors. Tara Singer, O∆K’s executive director, was the installing officer for the chartering ceremony held on April 22, 2019.
The announcement was made by Matthew Clifford, O∆K’s national president. “We are pleased to welcome Kentucky State University into our Society,” said Clifford. “Students will now be recognized for their leadership involvement and will be eligible to participate in the Society’s national opportunities including scholarships, internships, campus grants, and leadership development programs.”
Lucian Yates III, Kentucky State University interim provost and vice president for student affairs, commented on the university’s excitement about receiving a charter from Omicron Delta Kappa. He said, “There is no other entity which has the historic background and prestige of this Society. Our goal is to position Omicron Delta Kappa to become the marker of achievement for generations of KSU leaders to come.” O∆K recognizes the exemplary service and involvement of students who are engaged with the campus community.
Kentucky State University’s charter group of more than 35 members included faculty, staff, administrators, and student leaders as founding members of the circle.
Omicron Delta Kappa Society, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia on Dec. 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 phases 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 scholarship, service, integrity, character, and fellowship on college and university campuses throughout North America. The headquarters are located in Lexington, Virginia.
Jamar Simmons, director, student support services, Kentucky State University, (502) 597-5096, [email protected]
Tara Singer, executive director, Omicron Delta Kappa, (540) 458-5340, [email protected]