NSU alum named to Order of Omega board of directors

Dr. Lamar Bryant, associate vice chancellor for strategic initiatives in the Division of Diversity Engagement at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, has been appointed to the board of directors of Order of Omega, an international honor society recognizing fraternity men and women who have attained a high standard of leadership, service and scholarship.

Bryant earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a minor in marketing at Northwestern State University in 2004 and a master’s degree in college student personnel administration in 2007. He earned a Ph.D. in higher education at the University of North Texas.

Since joining Order of Omega, Bryant has been a huge proponent of the International Organization. More specifically, he helped charter two Order of Omega chapters at the University Texas at Tyler and Bethune-Cookman University respectively. He has also served as Order of Omega Case Study judge at a regional Sorority and Fraternity Life conference. During his graduate academic pursuits, Bryant received two fellowships from Order of Omega for his outstanding contributions to the field of Sorority and Fraternity Life. He was awarded the William J. Brennan and Jacque Placette Chapman Master’s Fellowship as a Master’s student at Northwestern State, and the Order of Omega Doctoral Fellowship as a Doctoral student at the University of North Texas. Bryant truly enjoys being a resource to both the national organization and the local chapter on his campus and is honored when he is invited to the local chapter’s initiation ceremony or asked to speak at an local Order of Omega event.

In his current position at UT-Knoxville, Bryant collaborates with a team to help cultivate a campus environment that in inclusive and welcome to everyone, at all levels. He has over a decade of professional experience in higher education and an understanding of the correlation between an impactful well-rounded college experience and high student retention/graduation rates. Bryant believes that academia presents individuals with an opportunity to challenge and support students academically, socially and personally. He believes college is about creating an experience that compels the student to persist and graduate. He is a member of alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and a 2005 initiate of Order of Omega.

Bryant is the fourth NSU Demon to serve on the board. John Hatley served as the Undergraduate Student Board Member in 1996. Katie Kennedy served as the Undergraduate Student Board Member in 2021-2022 and Reatha Cox is the current vice president.