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Omicron Delta Kappa

National Leadership Honor Society

The purpose of The Omicron Delta Kappa Society is threefold:

, to recognize those who have attained a high standard of efficiency in collegiate activities and to inspire others to strive for conspicuous attainments along similar lines;

Second, to bring together the most representative students in all phases of collegiate life and thus to create an organization which will help to mold the sentiment of the institution on questions of local and intercollegiate interest;

Third, to bring together members of the faculty and student body of the institution, as well as other Omicron Delta Kappa members, on a basis of mutual interest, understanding and helpfulness.



In 1976 Austin Peay State University President Robert O. Riggs appointed a committee to found an honorary society recognizing leadership and contributions to campus life.  Mildred Deason, director of student life, faculty member Malcolm Glass; and Bonita Wilson, an undergraduate student, began working to establish a local fraternity honoring campus leaders: this organization was called  “The Governors Association”. The membership of the committee was expanded to include faculty members Diana Brent and Billy Thompson, who volunteered their help.  Using rigorous standards of selection, the committee chose seventeen juniors and seniors to be charter members, and be the spring of 1977 the Governors Leadership Society was well established.


From the beginning, the group was aware of the importance of establishing meaningful traditions and ceremonies and of upholding the highest standards.  In October of 1978, the Society petitioned Omicron Delta Kappa, national leadership honor society, asking that the Austin Peay group be considered as a prospective circle.  Early in 1979 ODK decided in favor of the petition and on May 4, 1979 the Austin Peay State University Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa was installed by national and regional officers and officials. Under the able guidance of the faculty/staff secretary and the leadership of many capable students, officers and members, the Circle has grown and flourished.  Traditions and service have become increasingly important as the Circle has grown, and these traditions and the standards they represent have clearly established ODK as one of the most prestigious honorary societies at the university. Today, over 1,500 students, faculty, staff, and community members have been initiated through the Austin Peay State University Circle. Additionally, our Circle has been recognized numerous times with the “Circle of Distinction Award”; one of the highest honors bestowed upon a collegiate Circle by the National Administrative Office, and we have also been named a recipient of the Presidential Award of Excellence a number of times, presented to the top circles nationally within Omicron Delta Kappa. Our Circle is appreciative of the tremendous leadership and effort of our former Circle Coordinator, Dean Greg Singleton, over the past 15 years. His dedication and support led to an award-winning Circle that grew and flourished.

Identify, honor and develop leaders in collegiate and community life. Encourage collaboration among students, faculty, staff and alumni to advance leadership. Promote and publicize our ideals.

As the most respected and effective leadership honor society, Omicron Delta Kappa strives for excellence in leadership and character development.

  • Scholarship
  • Service
  • Integrity
  • Collaboration
  • Inclusivity
  • Academics and Research
  • Athletics
  • Service to Campus and Community
  • Communications
  • Creative and Performing Arts
  • President - Zawna Schumacher
  • Vice President - Tyler Rose
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Emily Poteete
  • Alumni Advisor -
  • Faculty Advisor - Abbey Hogan
  • Circle Coordinator - Dr. Tammy Bryant

Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes and encourages achievement in scholarship; athletics; campus or community service; social and religious activities; campus government; journalism; speech; mass media; and the creative and performing arts.

To be eligible for membership, a student shall meet the following minimum requirements:

  • One semester (at least 12 graded credit hours earned) of residence at Austin Peay State University
  • Undergraduate sophmore,  junior or senior standing (at least 30 graded credit hours earned) or graduate standing (with at least one semester completed at Austin Peay State University
  • A candiate for undergraduate membership must rank in the top 35% of their respective class. The cumulative scholarship record of the student shall be the basis for computing scholarship eligibility. Graduate Students must have a 3.50 cumulative GPA in order to be considered for membership. 
  • Exemplary character, scholarship, service, leadership in campus life, good citizenship within the academic and larger community, and fellowship and consecration to democratic ideals
Applications for spring 2024 semester are now available! The deadline to submit your membership application for the spring semester is February 16 at Noon. If selected for membership, the initation fee of $110 must be paid upon selection AND you must attend the "in-person" initiation ceremony in the fall semester.

Application Link in Box Below

Omicron Delta Kappa Membership

Fall 2023 Induction

Congratulations to the Fall 2023 Inductees: 

Emma L. Anderson

Daniela Diaz Campos

Alaina Nicole Chandler

Ashton D. Cromwell

Mary Jana Darnell

Taylor Rae Dirks

David A. Donaldson  

Emma Lynn Dunavant

Lauren Ellis

Jessica Hollingsworth

Olivia Chayse Kasitz

Nikolas R. Lamie

Piper Sloan Lyons

Valerie Michelle Echevarria Mandez

Matthew Tony Medina

Brian Wayne Meredith 

Jerilyn Venae Mitchell

Rylie J. Morris

Stanley Chinedu Okoro

Blake R. Parker

Samantha Leigh Ramirez

Anthony J. Rivera

Jose Pablo Rodriguez

Megan Salyers

Danny Seely

Vanessa D. Suponch

Bruno Ernesto Tarancon, Jr.

Whitlee Walker

Deven Wallace

Riley Dalton Walsh

Michael E. Warren

Spring 2023 Induction

Congratulations to the Spring 2023 Inductees: 

Emily Noelle Bau

Ashley Elizabeth Beckham

Anna Grace Bedwell

Adam M. Benematti

Dr. Elaine W. Berg

Dr. Beatrix M. Brockman

Sheila Bryant

Ashley Rose Cartmill

Shelbee L. Davis

Payton June Elkins

Brandon Richard Gulley

Mark Alex Harrington II

Gracie Neal Haynes

Hayden Jay Heflin

Ashley Kautz

Tonya Edmonds Leszczak

Jason Eugene Longan

Taylor Rayanne Lorance

Dr. Andrew Lee Luna

Sara Kate Lusk

Brice Henry Mlekodaj

Zachary Moore

Dr. Jessica Morris

Cheyenne Priest

Matthew L. Rutter

Joshua D. Rye

Shannon A. Ryker

Dr. Bettina Kay Cobb Shank

Sarah Smith

Logan Michael Gene Sykes

Vincent Frederick VanBrocklin

Eli Worsham


Fall 2022 Induction

Congratulations to the Fall 2022 Inductees: 

Ayat Al Bahadli

Arianna Verity Banta

Sincere La’kevion Brent

Lena Michelle Childers

Abbigale Raeann Corbus

Connor Lane Corland

Kali G. Davis

Alex Michaela Edwards

Andrew D. Fowler

Lorenzo Howard

Sydney Rene Keesler

Adam Nathaniel Knickerbocker

Devin Malone

Carter Owen Mansfield

Lauryn McCabe

Campbell Abigail Moore

Cheyenne Nicole Joiner-Morehouse

Brandon S. Morris

Destiny Taylor Neal

Morgan Ozanne

Meagan N. Porter

Emily Melissa Poteete

Christina Paige Potts

Adam L. Powell

Tyler Rose

Jalen Davon Smalls

Phyllis M. Smith

Madalyn Marie Stubblefield

Gracey Breana Suggs

Erin Nicole Taylor

Lauren Taliese Terry

Tara Nicole Trigo

Barbara Jean Tucker

Xavier Olamide Vincent

Leah Walker

Paul Sterling Zimmerman II