Sullivan’s newest board member is also a former Award recipient
Dr. Philip Watt, who recently joined Sullivan’s Board of Trustees, brings a lengthy list of qualifications to the table, but one in particular makes him a uniquely perfect fit. Watt is a Sullivan Award winner himself, having received the honor in 1983 from his undergraduate alma mater, Sewanee.
Watt grew up attending a small school in a small town — the newly founded, highly selective Brookwood School in Thomasville, Ga. If Watt’s childhood surroundings were decidedly small, they were no indication of how far that upbringing would ultimately take him. After graduating from Brookwood in 1979, Watt embarked on a career that was undeniably big.
Sullivan Award and Sewanee degree in hand, Watt went on to Johns Hopkins University in 1983 to pursue a master’s degree and ultimately his doctorate from the medical school. It was the start of an unusual and inspiring medical career.
Watt has served as director and co-founder of the North Luangwa Conservation Project’s Rural Health Care Program and held various positions with the Task Force for Child Survival and Development. Both organizations promote health causes in Africa, and Watt’s work with them has taken him to Zambia, where he and his wife, Alston, lived for 18 months.
Watt has also made his mark in the world of academia, having served as a faculty member at Emory University. He’s also served on boards and councils at Emory, Johns Hopkins, Florida State University, and back home at the Brookwood School.
Watt’s impact on the communities he has served is impressively diverse, reflecting his own widespread passions. In the civic realm, he has used his talents to support conservation organizations in Georgia and Florida, including the Georgia Board of Natural Resources and the Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy. He has also thrown his talent behind cultural institutions such as Thomasville Landmarks, which helps preserve and promote history and architecture in his home county.
With such an extensive resume in service, Watt exemplifies and honors the Sullivan spirit. That, of course, is expected of all board members. But it’s especially exciting to see a Sullivan family member, more than three decades into a career fulfilling his promise as an Award winner, come back home to inspire the same spirit in others.