Saturday, January 29, 2022

Nominations Welcome to McLean Institute for Sullivan Award

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Nominations for the 2015 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award are open. It is the highest recognition of service given by the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement to one university student and one alumnus or one faculty/community member within the Lafayette-Oxford-University of Mississippi community.

Dr. Albert Nylander, the McLean Institute director, said, “Recognizing and celebrating service is crucial to the mission of McLean Institute, which supports transformation through service. The Sullivan Award is an opportunity to honor a student and community member who have made our community a better place because of their humble service to others.”

This is the second year the institution will present the award at the Celebration of Service this spring. The award will be presented as a medallion, a framed certificate and a biography of the award’s namesake to each recipient.

Local attorney Steve McDavid is the president of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation. The foundation’s main office is on the Square here in Oxford.

He said, “The humble servant is the individual we seek to recognize with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. Rather than honoring servant leaders, the Sullivan Award shines light on those whose selfless efforts behind the scenes touch the lives of those in their community.”

The award’s recipients last year were Carol Van Besien and university student Mary-Haston Leary. The video provided by University of Mississippi below explains how they were chosen for the honor.

University of Mississippi – Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award Winners – 2014 from The Southern Documentary Project on Vimeo.

To nominate someone deserving of recognition for outstanding community service, click here.

To learn more about the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, visit its website.

Callie Daniels is a staff writer for She can be reached at