Wesley R. Fugate, Ph.D., president of Wilson College, was recently elected to the Board of Trustees for the Omicron Delta Kappa Society and Educational Foundation, Inc. His three-year term at one of the Society’s at-large trustees will begin on July 1, 2021.

The announcement of the election was made by Tara S. Singer, president and chief executive officer of O∆K. Singer said, “Omicron Delta Kappa is excited to have Wes Fugatejoin our Board of Trustees. Dr. Fugate’s passion for supporting and recognizing student leaders is exceptional. His work represents our Society’s values, and we have long appreciated his commitment to O∆K. My fellow trustees and I look forward to working with him in this capacity.”

Fugate is a 2001 collegiate initiate of the Centre College Circle (chapter) of Omicron Delta Kappa. He was instrumental in the revitalization of the circle at Randolph College and participated in and supported the effort to establish the circle at Wilson College in 2020.

In addition to his membership in O∆K, Fugate is an initiate of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. Currently, he is serving as the chairman of the fraternity’s chairman of Foundation Board of Trustees and is a member of the board of directors for the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity.  

After receiving his bachelor’s degree in dramatic arts and economics at Centre College, Fugate earned a master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in higher education administration with an emphasis on institutional advancement. He received a doctorate in higher education from the University of Georgia. He is the recipient of the Alice L. Beeman Research Award in Communications and Marketing from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). 

About the appointment, Fugate said, “The Omicron Delta Kappa Society plays a vital role in nurturing and developing leaders on college and university campuses. At a time when our communities, nation, and the world need sophisticated and adaptive leaders, I am deeply honored to join the women and men of the Board of Trustees as we advance the important mission of the Society.”

Omicron Delta Kappa Society, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded 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 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 collaboration, inclusivity, integrity, scholarship, and service college and university campuses throughout North America. The Society’s national headquarters are located in Lexington, Virginia.

Published: April 29, 2021