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Knight Commander’s Accolade Conferred on Brothers Fellows, Lyons, and Wilson

Knight Commander's AccoladeKnight Commander Darren S. Kay conferred the Knight Commander’s Accolade upon Brent W. Fellows (Epsilon Theta–Western Kentucky), Jesse S. Lyons (Delta Alpha–Western Carolina ’98), and Michael P. Wilson (Alpha Theta–Transylvania ’00) during a dinner for the members of the Advisory Council on Saturday, July 30th at Red PrimeSteak in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The Knight Commander’s Accolade is the highest individual honor an alumnus can receive, bestowed in the sole discretion of the Knight Commander. In over forty-eight years, fourteen Knight Commanders have conferred this high honor on just two hundred and twenty-one recipients.

View the list of all recipients of the Knight Commander’s Accolade.

Brent W. Fellows

Lisa and Brent Fellows with Knight Commander Kay

Lisa and Brent Fellows with Knight Commander Kay

Brent joined the Kappa Alpha Order National Administrative Office staff in 2000 as an Educational and Leadership Consultant and traveled the Order with six other consultants. He served as Director of Educational Programming from 2002 to 2014 where he assisted with the implementation of Crusade RoundTable and Crusade Program, Number I’s Leadership Institute, Enhanced Province Councils, Emerging Leaders Academy and Stewards of the Order.

Brent was elevated to the position of Assistant Executive Director for Chapter Services on June 1, 2014. He oversaw the entire chapter services department which consists of the Director of Leadership Education, Director of Chapter Development, Director of Risk Management, and the Associate Directors for Chapter Services. Additionally, Brent provided supervision and guidance of all of the Order’s chapter-related programs.

In July, 2016, Brent was named as the Assistant Executive Director for Alumni Affairs. In this new role, Brent directs the alumni engagement of the Order, which includes providing support to Alumni Chapters, Courts of Honor, and local Housing Corporations, assisting in the recruitment of Alumni Advisory Committees, coordinating alumni education, and overseeing the management of properties owned by the Fraternity Housing Corporation (FHC).

In the interfraternal community, Brent has held membership with the Fraternity Executives Association (FEA) where he received his 10 Year Member Award in 2012.

Brent is a member of the Henry J. Mikell, Richard T. Feller, Samuel Zenas Ammen, John S. Candler, William B. Crawford, William Sprigg Hamilton, and James Ward Wood Province Courts of Honor. He is also a member of the Loyal Order, a ForeverKA participant, and is a member of the Crimson and Gold Society.

Brent resides in Buena Vista, Virginia with his wife, Lisa, and two children, Holden and Lauren, where they are members of The Lexington Baptist Church. Brent is also an officer of the Mountain City Lodge No. 67 and the Chapter Dad for the Lexington DeMolay Chapter.

Jesse S. Lyons

Tracy and Jesse Lyons with Knight Commander Kay

Tracy and Jesse Lyons with Knight Commander Kay

Joining staff in June, 2002, Jesse first served as an Educational & Leadership Consultant. In fall 2003, he became a Chapter Development Consultant, and in January 2004, he was promoted to Director of Chapter Development. In this role he led the creation and re-colonization of twenty-three Active Chapters, and assisted in starting seven more provisional chapters. In January, 2011 he became the Director of Communications.

In July, 2014, Jesse was promoted to the position of Assistant Executive Director for Advancement and is responsible for the Order’s comprehensive communications and marketing efforts. He leads public relations activities, including brand management, publication creation, and digital media, along with the national website, for both internal and external audiences. He serves as primary spokesperson for the Order, managing all media relations. He oversees the Loyal Order, the Order’s official licensing program, and official online store, KAonlinestore.com. He is also the Editor of The Kappa Alpha Journal.

Additionally, Jesse helps direct the Kappa Alpha Order Educational Foundation’s communications efforts, to include much of the same duties as with the Order, and assists with the archivist and archives operations. He also supervises the management of the information technology, and, building and grounds of the National Administrative Office at Mulberry Hill.

In the interfraternal community, Jesse has held membership in the Fraternity Executives Association (FEA) and received his 10 Year Member award in 2012. He also joined the Board of Directors of the Fraternity Communications Association in 2012 and is currently serving in his second year as President.

Jesse is a Forever KA member, a member of the Crimson and Gold Society, and a member of the Daniel R. Neal, Henry C. Chiles, William Sprigg Hamilton, Horace H. White, James Ward Wood, Samuel Zenas Ammen, Ed Chambers Smith, and William McLeod Frampton (South Carolina) Province Courts of Honor.

Jesse resides in Lexington, Virginia with his wife, Tracy, and one-year-old daughter, Annalee. He is currently the President of the Lexington-Rockbridge Jaycees, Master of the Mountain City Lodge No. 67, and Chairman of the 40th Annual Rockbridge Community Festival.

Michael P. Wilson

Nikki and Michael Wilson with Knight Commander Kay

Nikki and Michael Wilson with Knight Commander Kay

Michael joined the staff of the National Administrative Office as an Educational and Leadership Consultant in June, 2003, visiting chapters in Arkansas and Texas. In 2004, he was promoted as director of chapter services. For seven years he led this department, overseeing the transition from Educational and Leadership Consultants to Associate Directors for Chapter Services, including living arrangement re-organization and significant changes in travel structure. He transitioned to the role of Director of Fraternity Services, then Operations for two years where he oversaw a database conversion to Compass, a product and service provided by OmegaFi. In 2014, he was named Assistant Executive Director for Alumni Affairs. In this role he led the alumni services and housing support initiatives of the Order and the Fraternity Housing Corporation. He created the Alumni College, and other alumni programs, helped to transition Leadership KA to a program conducted at the Number I’s Leadership Institute, and continued improvements to the grounds at Mulberry Hill including the installation of the Veterans Memorial and Entryway and installation of a brick paver driveway.

In the interfraternal community, Michael has held membership in the Fraternity Executives Association (FEA), receiving the 10 Year Member Award in 2013, and the Association of Fraternity and Sorority Advisors (AFA) where he served in regional leadership. He was named Volunteer of the Month for his efforts related to the planning of a drive-in conference for Virginia members. He is a past presenter at the FRMT Risk Management College, the Mid-American Greek Council Association (MGCA) and the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values (AFLV) Central and West conferences. Additionally, for the past three years, Michael has served as the Executive Director for NovakTalks, a consulting and advocacy company for campus safety, hazing prevention, student risk management and student organization development.

In addition to being a member of the Crimson and Gold Society, The Loyal Order, and the 1865 Trust, Michael is a member of the W. McLeod Frampton, Jr., Henry C. Chiles, William Sprigg Hamilton, Samuel Zenas Ammen, and John S.Candler Province Courts of Honor.

Michael resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with his wife, Nikki, and his two children, Ellie and Nolan, where he is the Chief Financial Officer for the North-American Interfraternity Conference.

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