Western State Colorado University Receives Charter for National Honor Society

Gunnison, Col. (Oct. 10, 2016) – Western State Colorado 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, executive director, will be the installing officer for the chartering ceremony scheduled for Oct. 20, 2016.  Ben Williams, a former member of the O∆K Board of Directors, and Ed Felton, a long-time volunteer for the organization, will assist Singer with the installation.


The announcement was made by Matthew Clifford, O∆K’s national president. “We are pleased to welcome Western State Colorado University into our Society,” said Clifford. ” Western joins Colorado Christian University as the only two institutions in the state which have O∆K circles (chapters). Students will now be recognized for their leadership involvement and be eligible to participate in the Society’s national programs including scholarships, campus grants, and leadership development programs.”


Members of the Western State Colorado University charter group will include three to five faculty members and administrators, including Gregory B. Salsbury, Western’s president, and 15-20 student leaders who will be recognized as founding members of the circle.


Omicron Delta Kappa Society, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. 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 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, Va.




Gary Pierson, vice president for student affairs/dean of students, Western State Colorado University,  

(970) 943-2049, gpierson@western.edu
Tara S. Singer, executive director, Omicron Delta Kappa, (540) 458-5340, tara@odk.org.