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Katherine West ’19 named national leader of the year by Omicron Delta Kappa

A politics and international affairs major at Furman, West will attend law school at the University of Cincinnati this fall.

Katherine West, a 2019 Furman University graduate from Edgewood, Kentucky, has been selected as the 2019 National Leader of the Year by Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society.

An initiate of the Furman University Circle of the Society, West received the Gen. Russell E. Dougherty Leader of the Year award, the organization’s highest collegiate honor. She was recognized for her achievements in campus and community service, and was awarded a $4,000 scholarship to support her graduate studies.

During her career at Furman, West completed six internships, including explorations in the fields of law, research and politics. A politics and international affairs major, she will attend law school at the University of Cincinnati this fall.

After earning her Juris Doctor, West plans to either practice law with an advocacy group such as the American Civil Liberties Union or pursue a career in academia with a research focus on the role of women in politics. She hopes to advocate for the rights of women both domestically and internationally.

Omicron Delta Kappa Society was founded at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, in 1914 to recognize and encourage leadership at the collegiate level. The organization has 304 circles at colleges and universities across the United States.

For more information, visit the Omicron Delta Kappa website or contact Timothy A. Reed, vice president for membership and operations, Omicron Delta Kappa, at 540-458-5345 and

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