Huntingdon honors trustee Howard Adams with Sullivan Award
Montgomery, Ala. —Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West honored Trustee Howard Adams with the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award during a special celebration for benefactors held earlier this summer.
The Mary Mildred Sullivan Award seeks to perpetuate the excellence of character and humanitarian service of the late Mrs. Sullivan, wife of philanthropist Algernon Sydney Sullivan, by recognizing and honoring such qualities in others. The award, established by the New York Southern Society in 1925 and sponsored by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, is given only by selected “representative institutions” in the southern United States to non-student members of their college communities. Honorees demonstrate a "spirit of helpfulness and an awareness of the beauty and value of the intangible elements of life," such that "the spiritual standard of the institution may be judged by the character of the person to whom the award is made."
In presenting the award, vice president for college and alumni relations Anthony Leigh described Adams as, "a man who epitomizes Godly character and integrity; has a servant heart and a philanthropic spirit; and [demonstrates] an incredible devotion to his family, his church, his community, and certainly to Huntingdon College."
West said of Adams, "He is a man of deep personal faith and conviction, a pillar of the Alabama-West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church, someone I genuinely admire and for whom I have the highest and utmost respect. He is truly an outstanding human being."
Adams' daughter, Susan Cooper Adams, and son, Jason Randell Adams, are Huntingdon alumni and were present at the award ceremony, along with their spouses and Adams' wife, Cheryl. Adams, chief executive officer of Capital Veneer Works, is a long-time member of the Huntingdon Board of Trustees, chairing several committees for the board during his tenure.
Huntingdon College, grounded in the Judeo-Christian tradition of the United Methodist Church, is committed to nurturing growth in faith, wisdom, and service and to graduating individuals prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Founded in 1854, Huntingdon is a coeducational liberal arts college. The College motto, "Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service," is inscribed in stone above the front door of John Jefferson Flowers Hall. Ranked in the top tier of regional colleges by U.S. News and World Report and consistently listed in the Princeton Review's "The Best Colleges: Region by Region," Huntingdon has for two years been recognized on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.