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Accepting Applications For Dr. Lynn Beckwith Leadership Academy

Updated: Dec 18, 2023

Greetings my brothers,

I pray that you receive this communication in good health and spirit and your lives are replete with God's many blessings.

On behalf of our 36th Eighth District Representative, Marvin DeJear Ph.D., we are pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2024 class of the Dr. Lynn Beckwith Leadership Academy.

The Beckwith Leadership Academy is an intense, multiple-week educational and lecture series that focuses on an array of topics designed to enhance fraternal literacy and identify future fraternity leaders.

The academy is open to any member who is currently fully financial; in good fraternal standing, and has previously served or is currently serving as a chapter officer, committee chair or as district committee chair, or district committee member. 

Recommendations must come from either your current chapter basileus, a past district representative, the current district representative, or an academy graduate. 

Those recommendations are accepted via email to glennerice1911@gmail and should support the candidate's application why they would benefit by participating in the Leadership Academy.

If you have an interest in participating in this program, please email me at - expressing your intentions seeking to be accepted into the Academy. Also, provide the following:

  • The email should include details about yourself - short personal and professional bio

  • Your current chapter, your chapter and date of initiation

  • Your contact information (email, cell phone, home address.)

  • Write an essay of no more than 500 words explaining why they are interested in participating in the Dr. Lynn Beckwith Leadership Academy program.

  • Provide a recommendation/reference letter from the member who is recommending you.

Also, complete the following form:

The application deadline is Dec. 29, 2022 COB - Space is limited to 15 participants.

The academy is scheduled to begin the week of Jan. 14, 2024, and the sessions will be held online at least twice a month. Participants will complete a group project that will be determined by District Representative DeJear.

Candidates are required to attend 90 percent of the academy sessions. They must also be an active participant and complete all of the required reading and written homework assignments.

About the Beckwith Leadership Academy

The inaugural Beckwith Leadership Academy was held during the winter of 2021 and consisted of 20 Beckwith Fellows who were hand-selected by our 34th District Representative Osuman O. Issaka, who conceived the idea of the academy as a mechanism to cultivate and train future district leaders.  

This year’s leadership academy is building on that foundation with sessions that will include the foundations of fraternal leadership, officer roles, responsibilities and expectations, brotherly relations, basic parliamentary procedures, Omega history, personal growth and professional development, mental health awareness, Omega protocol and understanding Omega's governing documents.

The faculty of the Leadership Academy is composed of former Eighth District representatives, current and former Eighth District officers, other former district representatives from throughout the Fraternity, international committee chairmen, and various subject matter experts.

Dr. Lynn Beckwith Jr.: The epitome of servant leadership

The decision to name the Leadership Academy in honor of Dr. Lynn Beckwith was not a mere formality but a far more serious transaction.  

As our 16th District Representative, Dr. Beckwith represents a living embodiment of true Omega leadership and the precepts of Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift. He is the epitome of a servant leader.

Since his initiation into the Fraternity on May 10, 1958, through the Omicron Sigma Chapter in St. Louis, Dr. Beckwith's service to Omega, the Eighth District, and the St. Louis community is voluminous, illustrious, and indelible. Without reservation, Dr. Beckwith is an Omega icon, a man of distinction whose sterling example of grace and service is truly one to be emulated.

If you have any questions, please email or call me at the phone number listed below.


Glenn E. Rice

Dr. Lynn Beckwith, Jr. Leadership Academy - chair

816-560-2543 - cell

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