Letter from the president

Thank you, to our students, alumni, and friends. This is the ninth issue of Engage, and and I couldn’t be more excited for you to read it. This issue is truly broad—it features our students, our schools, our alumni, and our faculty—resulting in a magazine that really explores the full spectrum of the Foundation.

Issue nine features young people who have achieved much but still put the needs of others first—like Deterrian Shackelford of the University of Mississippi—as well as older Sullivan alums like Jewel Bell, who received her Sullivan Award decades ago but began her journey as a servant leader decades even before that.

The Foundation is looking ahead toward further expansion and diversification. It’s an exciting time for all of us. However, even as we look forward, we cannot ignore the things, and people, we’ve left behind. Within the last several months, the Foundation lost Clay Crouch, a descendant of Algernon Sydney Sullivan and a longtime member of the Board of Trustees. Clay’s devotion to this organization should stand as an inspiration to us all, and we remember him fondly. A brief obituary is included in this edition of Engage, on page 15.

This issue also welcomes a relative newcomer to the Sullivan network—Campbell University—with an extensive article on that school’s efforts, which reminds us that the Foundation always has new ground to cover. I hope we do so, and do it well.

Thank you for reading, and please stay in touch,

Stephan L. McDavid,


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