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West Virginia Wesleyan College Inducts 12 New Members into Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honorary

May 27, 2021

Buckhannon, W.Va. –The West Virginia Wesleyan College Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) conducted its 58th annual induction recently. 

The Wesleyan Circle of ODK was established in 1963 and has inducted over 1,050 students, faculty and staff.  Student eligibility is based on the top 35 percent of each class in scholarship, as well as participation in one of the following: athletics, music, arts, journalism and community service.

Newly inducted members include Cole Skaggs ‘21, of St. Clairsville, Ohio; Hannah Dunn ‘21, of Bridgeport, West Virginia; Nathan White ‘21, of Camden, West Virginia; Hope Hickman ‘22, of Shallotte, North Carolina; Sydney McDonald ‘22, of Buckhannon, West Virginia; Mari-Jane McLeod ‘22, of Ridgeley, West Virginia; Molly Milleson ‘22, of Springfield, West Virginia; Holly Williams ‘22, of Baker, West Virginia; and Easton Perry ‘23, of Ripley, West Virginia. 

Also inducted were assistant professor of history Coty Martin, assistant professor of English Lynn Linder and assistant director of residence life Greg Strader. Faculty, staff and alumni are nominated by current members of the circle for their dedication to leadership principles.

Participating in the ceremony were faculty advisor Dr. Thomas Smith ’84, Dean of Students Alisa Lively, and Jessica Vincent, director of the Center for Community Engagement and Leadership Development. Student officers for the 2021-2022 academic year include McLeod as president; Milleson as vice president and McDonald as treasurer. 

Omicron Delta Kappa was founded on Dec. 3, 1914, on the campus of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.  The society was founded by a group of 15 students and faculty who believed that leadership at the collegiate level should be recognized and encouraged across all phases of campus life.  The motives which guided the founders sprang from the desire to bring together one body for the general good of the institution, leaders from all parts of the college or university community.  The success of the ODK idea, an essential part of which is its inter-generational nature and a determination to maintain a consistent and high standards of leadership recognition, led to the establishment of chapters, which are called circles, at other colleges.


West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC) is a private, four-year residential liberal arts college in Buckhannon, West Virginia. A tradition of excellence for more than 130 years, West Virginia Wesleyan is home to 14 Fulbright Scholars. The Princeton Review ranked Wesleyan one of its 2021 Best Colleges in the Southeastern Region of the United States. U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best College Rankings designated Wesleyan a “Top 20” Best Value – Regional Universities (South) and one of the “Top 75” Regional Universities (South). WVWC offers students more than 40 majors and 40 minors; graduate programs in athletic training, business administration, creative writing, and nursing; 22 NCAA Division II athletic programs; multiple performing arts groups; and more than 70 organizations. Founded in 1890, the College is closely affiliated with the United Methodist Church and abides by the Wesley doctrine that emphasizes service to others. For more information, visit