You can find many opportunities to develop leadership skills on the Ashland University campus. The organizations we’ve listed here either provide leadership training or honor exceptional leadership.

Ascend: Leadership Series

Over the course of the academic year, the Ascend Student Leadership series provides opportunities for students to acquire, practice and exercise leadership skills in hour-long workshops that each focus on a different aspect of leadership development. These succinct sessions are designed to foster discussion and reflection and to give students practical strategies for enhancing their leadership skills.


Student Senate

"As a member of Ashland University, I will hold myself to the highest standards of academic, personal and social integrity; respect the dignity of each individual; honor the University's tradition and commitment to Judeo-Christian values; and serve others in our world community."

Written and Adopted by Student Senate
April 11, 2000


  • Pass and enact legislation
  • Present issues of interest or concern to the student body
  • Provide a student voice to the University administration
  • Oversee student organizations and residential units

Meeting Dates

Every Tuesday 9:30 p.m., September-April
Student Center, second floor, Conference Rooms A, B, C & D

Election Process

All campus elections for executive office and the class senators are held in the spring prior to the academic year for which they are elected. Freshman senators and other representatives are elected in the fall.

Election packets are available a week before election in the Student Affairs office, located in the HCSC.


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Omicron Delta Kappa

Omicron Delta Kappa was the first college honor society to provide recognition for leaders on a national level. Since its founding, this society has initiated more than 300,000 members from more than 300 universities and colleges.

The society recognizes achievement in several areas:

  • Athletics
  • Campus or community service
  • Creative and performing arts
  • Journalism, speech and mass media
  • Scholarship
  • Social or religious activities and campus government

Emerging Greek Leaders Summit

Ashland University’s Fraternity and Sorority Life is committed to providing values-based leadership opportunities to students through programs such as the Emerging Greek Leaders Summit, which takes place each spring semester. The event provides freshmen and sophomore participants the chance to grow and strengthen their leadership skills. The objective is to give participants the tools to become successful leaders in their organizations, the fraternity and sorority community and the Ashland University community.

While a fraternity or sorority leadership role can help you become an effective leader, don’t forget that there are leadership roles elsewhere on campus.

Emerging Greek Leaders Summit

Leadership and Service Awards

Do you know a student and/or a member of our AU faculty or staff who deserves to be honored for their leadership and/or service? How about a campus program, service project, cultural program or organization that merits recognition? If so and you’re a member of our campus community, nominate them for an award!

Every April, approximately 400 campus community members come together to celebrate outstanding individuals, programs and organizations at our annual Leadership and Service Awards program. To learn more about the qualities, behaviors and service that are worthy of recognition, take a look at our leadership & service award descriptions. For the nomination application, go to