Order of the Tower

Established in 1962 by Don Baker ’57 and former faculty member Lewis Hall, the Order of the Tower is an organization serving the college and the Office of the President in a leadership capacity to promote the general welfare of the college.

For more than 50 years, the Order has promoted qualities of leadership and responsibility among students, thus making membership an honor for a select group. Membership is limited to twenty-five outstanding students, and selections are made in April. Along with a nomination from a faculty member, students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 and take part in an interview. 

Members make a deep commitment of time and energy to the Order, as they are Lees-McRae’s top ambassadors in skills such as leadership, marketing, and teamwork. The Order of the Tower's duties include assisting with Open House programs for future bobcats, serving as hosts for visiting groups and for social functions sponsored by the college, and assisting with the development of the annual Honors and Awards program and Commencement.

Meet the Order of the Tower Members

Amanda Lubkemann
PRESIDENT

Class Year: Junior
Major
: Biology
Minor: Mathematics and Athletic Coaching
From: Boone, NC

I chose Lees-McRae because I grew up in the mountains and love the High Country. Lees-McRae also offered me the education I desired and the opportunity to play soccer at the next level!

Madeline Horne
VICE PRESIDENT

Class Year: Junior
Major: Psychology and Elementary Education
From: Smithfield, NC

I chose Lees-McRae because it felt like home! At Lees-McRae I have the opportunity to really get involved and make an impact on my campus. Plus you can’t beat our phenomenal faculty!

Chelsea DiGregorio
SECRETARY

Class Year: Senior
Major: Wildlife Biology and Pre-Veterinary Medicine
From: Concord, NC

I chose Lees-McRae because of the constant refresher of the mountain views and the wildlife center allowing me to work with my passion.

Jaden Acklin

Class Year: Senior
Major: Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Minor: Wildlife Rehabilitation
From: Montgomery, AL

I chose Lees-McRae because I felt like the smaller campus size allowed me to excel as a student and opened up some great opportunities such as being a student-athlete and SGA President.

Andre Caldwell

Class Year: Senior
Major: Wildlife Biology (Wildlife Rehabilitation specialization)
From: Wake Forest, NC

I chose Lees-McRae because I fell in love with the wildlife biology program and the versatility of the degree. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do, but I soon found out by taking a class that allowed me to present animals to children. There has been no greater feeling of fulfillment.

Kalbie Grassett

Class Year: Sophomore
Major: Wildlife Biology
From: Hancock, NH

I chose Lees-McRae because of the small community aspect of the school. I love being able to say hi to professors and have them know who I am and have them interested in what I am doing.

Breanna Jackson

Class Year: Senior
Major: Health and Wellness Science
Minor: Theatre Arts
From: Spruce Pine, NC

I chose Lees-McRae because it’s close to home and I was given the opportunity to pursue both of my dreams: healthcare and theatre!

JoAnna Jones

Class Year: Senior
Major: Nursing
From: Durham, NC

I chose Lees-McRae because I felt like the staff genuinely wanted me as an individual to learn. The faculty are knowledgeable and want only the best for me.

Mallory Myers

Class Year: Junior
Major: Nursing
From: Statesville, NC

I chose Lees-McRae because of the location and how beautiful the campus was! I was even more excited when I found out that I could pursue a career in nursing and be able to play softball. 

Lucas Price

Class Year: Junior
Major: Wildlife Biology
From: Hudson, NC

I chose Lees-McRae because of the amazing faculty and the beautiful natural environment that campus is nestled in.

Logan Stylers

Class Year: Junior
Major: Sport Management
Minor: Athletic Coaching
From: Yadkinville, NC

I chose Lees-McRae for the family atmosphere and to be a part of a school that is so unique and placed in the beautiful mountains.

Haley Sumner

Class Year: Senior
Major: Health and Wellness Science
From: Mount Airy, NC

I chose Lees-McRae for the small class sizes, the beautiful location in the mountains, and for its unique pet friendly policy.

Preston Turner

Class Year: Sophomore
Major: Pre-Veterinary Science
From: Concord, NC

I came to look into the Wildlife Rehabilitation program and fell in love with the school and location, then decided this was where I wanted to spend my four years of undergrad.

Kelsi Williams

Class Year: Sophomore
Major: Pre-Veterinary Science
From: Winston-Salem, NC

I chose Lees-McRae because I loved the closeknit nature I felt when I toured the school—very laid back.

Andrew Wolf

Class Year: Junior
Major: Wildlife Biology (Wildlife Rehabilitation specialization)
Minor: Psychology
From: Eldersburg, MD

I chose Lees-McRae because it’s a beautiful area, offers amazing opportunities to talk with teachers due to small class sizes, and the rehabilitation center and field station allow for really awesome hands-on experiences.

Bayle Wood

Class Year: Junior
Major: Criminal Justice and Wildlife Biology
From: Roaring River, NC

I chose Lees-McRae because I love the outdoor opportunities available in the mountains! Plus I was given the opportunity to compete with track at the collegiate level.

Katy Yost

Class Year: Senior
Major: Psychology and Wildlife Biology
From: Josephine, WV

I chose Lees-McRae because of the Wildlife Biology program! When I came here for orientation it felt like home, and I have met so many amazing people that feel like a second family to me here.