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May 15, 2014

Contact: Lesley Fry at (419) 995-8671 or Pam Joseph at (419) 995-8284

Ohio State Lima presents Town and Gown Award to William Sullivan

Dr. William J. Sullivan of Lima is the 2014 recipient of the Ohio State University at Lima’s Violet I. Meek Town and Gown Award. Dr. Sullivan is an Associate Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio State Lima.

The Violet I. Meek Town and Gown Award honorees personify the idea of Disciplina in civitatem, or education for citizenship, the motto of The Ohio State University. Sullivan is the twelfth recipient. The award is named for Violet I. Meek, who retired as Dean and Director in 2003 after 12 years in the position at Ohio State Lima. During her tenure, she was an ardent supporter and promoter of community growth and increased interaction between the University and the people and communities in its service area. As such, the Board created an award in her honor to recognize those working toward similar goals. Past winners include David S. Adams, Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology; Tom Francis, a popular media personality in Lima whose activities centered around his commitment to the University and the community; Clyde Rauch, the president of Tuttle Services who has worked diligently with Ohio State Lima and its co-located institution; Bob Schulte, co-owner and Executive President of Spherion of Lima, Inc., who is currently serving as a campaign co-chair for Ohio State Lima’s comprehensive campaign; William V. Ackerman, Associate Professor Emeritus of Geography; Jaye E. McCain, a financial advisor for Edward Jones and Associates, who is currently serving as a campaign co-chair for Ohio State Lima’s comprehensive campaign; Dr. Jon E. Rockhold, a former Special Assistant to the Dean and Director with a strong record of outstanding professional leadership in the community; Ora "Bud" Winzenried, past president of Kenton Structural and Ornamental Iron Works and a former member of the Board of Directors of the Ohio State Alumni Association; Mayor David J. Berger, mayor of the City of Lima who helped form the Joint Higher Education Task Force, which aimed to retain an Ohio State presence in Lima in the form of a four-year university; William D. Angel, Associate Professor Emeritus of Political Science; and Joyce Tracy, adult educator at Apollo Career Center and workforce development and education advocate.

Biography of Dr. William J. Sullivan

Degrees Obtained: B.A., English, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass.

M.A., PhD, University of Wisconsin

Dr. William J. Sullivan has dedicated more than 40 years of service and commitment to both Ohio State Lima and the arts in Lima/Allen County through academic leadership and community service. He began his service to Ohio State Lima in the department of English in 1971, teaching hundreds of courses and thousands of students during his tenure with the University.

Dr. Sullivan was promoted to associate professor in 1978 and served as the coordinator of the department of English throughout his career. He also assumed the role of assistant dean and served in that capacity until 2001. After his retirement in 2003, Dr. Sullivan continued to teach courses at Ohio State Lima until 2012.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Sullivan has long been an ardent supporter of the arts community in Lima/Allen County. Over the years, he served on the Board of Trustees of the Council for the Arts of Greater Lima; as editor and chief writer for the Council for the Arts quarterly publication, The Calendar; on the Board of Trustees of WGTE/WGLE-FM (National Public Radio); and on the Allen-Lima Community Access Programming Advisory Board. In 2012, Dr. Sullivan was honored for his critical role in the arts community when he was presented with the award for advocacy at the inaugural Arts Advocacy Luncheon.

In Dr. Sullivan’s retirement from Ohio State Lima, he seized the opportunity to increase his commitment to the arts community. Since 2008, Dr. Sullivan has served as the operations manager for the community art center, ArtSpace/Lima. This entirely volunteer position is both time intensive and artistically challenging, further demonstrating his allegiance to both Town and Gown of the Lima/Allen County community.