Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. recently appointed two University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff students to national leadership positions.

The sorority named Diamond Compton the national second vice president and elected Leah Rowe as a collegiate member of the national nominating committee, according to a news release.

A native of Pine Bluff, Compton is a senior mathematics education major with a 3.9 cumulative grade. She plans to graduate in Spring 2020. She then intends to attend graduate school for educational assessment and measurement to become a research analyst for educational testing companies or government agencies, according to the release.

Compton’s long-term goal is to become a chancellor of an institution.

“During her matriculation at UAPB, she has shown pride in her involvement with the institution as Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society President, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society of Education Secretary, STEM Scholars Academy Sargent-at-Arms, Carolyn F. Blakely Honors College Chaplain, Student Government Association Freshmen Class President and Sophomore Class Secretary, and as a member of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, and Alpha Chi Honor Society,” according to the release.

“The moment that the results were announced, I cried tears of joy,” Compton said. “Joy to God for directing me in an empowering path I thought I could never accomplish and blessed for witnessing the belief of an entire organization in my ability to assist in leading them.”

As a member of Delta Sigma Theta, Compton has been a past chapter president and chapter vice president and currently serves as chapter financial secretary.

“As national second vice president, Compton will work with officers and chapters in stimulating and strengthening collegiate participation in the life of the sorority, serve as a liaison between collegiate and alumnae chapters to strengthen relationships and understanding, serve as a member of the scholarship and standards committee, and perform all the duties of the office of the national president in the absence, or at the request, of the national president,” according to the release.

Rowe is a native of Dermott and a senior majoring in biology pre-Medicine with a 3.82 GPA. After graduation, she plans to pursue a master’s degree in biomedical sciences to gain more insight in research.

“Rowe’s ultimate career goal is to become a physician scientist and uncover the truth behind common health disparities plaguing the African American community,” according to the release.

When named as a collegiate member of the national nominating committee, Rowe was surprised.

“I’m currently still in awe,” Rowe said. “When I heard my name called, all I could do was look around because I was in total disbelief. To have the opportunity of expanding my leadership skill on this scale is truly a blessing. I can’t thank the members of the sorority enough for trusting me with this task.”

In the national role, Rowe will collaborate with other members of the committee to increase participation of collegiate members to assume leadership in the sorority, solicit and receive nominations from chapters and members of people to serve in grand chapter offices, provide to chapters timely notice of vacancies, requirements, and timeline, and consult with and advise the regional nominating committee chair.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is a private, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world, according to the release.