Entries by Wil Oakes

Did You Know? – The Death of Algernon Sydney Sullivan

Before the Sullivan Foundation and New York Southern Society, Sullivan’s legacy was maintained by a group of his friends The modern Sullivan Foundation has many functions—running retreats and conferences, starting initiatives on member campuses, sponsoring faculty service projects—but the Foundation is still best known for the one thing it did when it all began. The […]

Knowing How We Live

Sullivan Faculty Fellow Pradip Malde uses art to inform and to transform his students and the world Pradip Malde is an artist, professor, and world traveler. His photography is held in collections at the Museum of the Art Institute in Chicago, Princeton University Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, Yale University Museum, and […]

Sullivan Superstar

Berry College’s Elly Rusia takes advantage of all the Foundation has to offer and uses it to make a difference When recent Berry College graduate Elly Rusia thinks back on her experiences with the Sullivan Foundation, she has a little trouble remembering exactly how it all started. “It’s hard to pinpoint,” she says. “The whole […]

Sullivan Flashback – Robert Gates

Robert Gates is a household name for most Americans, given his tenures as United States Secretary of Defense and as head of the CIA. Most people don’t know, however, that his political career has been interspersed with work in academia. He spent most of the nineties as a lecturer—at such storied colleges as Harvard, Yale, […]

What He’s All About

2017 Sullivan Award recipient Dr. John Kline builds a legacy of service at Troy University The path to academia was not a straight one for John Kline. Today, he is a professor as well as the director of the Institute for Leadership Development at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. He got his professional start, however, […]

A Match Made in Service

Laura Young and Nick Ruxton, both 2014 Sullivan Award recipients, marry after seven years together On August 5, 2017 Laura Young and Nick Ruxton were married at Westhampton United Methodist Church, the culmination of an eight-year courtship that began in high school, weathered four years of separation as the pair attended different colleges, and included […]

Cooking Up Social Change

Campbell University nurtures students to become changemakers of the highest order Campbell University, a growing campus that has anchored Buies Creek, North Carolina, since its 1887 founding as Buies Creek Academy, didn’t have to become a Sullivan School to lead its students into lives of service. The institution’s mission is “to graduate students with exemplary […]

What You Really Need in Life

2015 Sullivan Award recipient Deterrian Shackelford uses education, celebrity status to impact children’s lives Sullivan Awards are given to two different types of people: graduating seniors and community members—people on the college’s faculty or staff or even friends of the college with no official affiliation. Deterrian Shackelford (better known to friends and fans as “D.T.”) […]

A Treasure in King’s Crown

A 1980 Sullivan Award Recipient reflects on seven decades of service For 66 years, King University in Bristol, Tennessee, has had a treasure in its crown. Fittingly, her name is Jewel. Enter through the front door of the King Building, which houses the library and administrative offices, and you’ll find Jewel Bell peering over her […]

Did You Know? – Grover Cleveland

In between his two terms in office, President Grover Cleveland helped start the Sullivan Foundation Most Americans have at least heard of President Grover Cleveland. Many are probably aware that he served as both the 22nd and 24th President of the United States—the only holder of that office ever to serve two nonconsecutive terms. Fewer […]