Duke University Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award

Nominations are being accepted
through Friday, March 1, 2019
for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
The form is available by clicking here

Description of the Sullivan Award

In 2003, Duke University re-joined approximately 50 other Southern universities in presenting the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award. This award program, sponsored by the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation, recognizes one graduating senior and one member of the faculty, staff, or graduate student body of Duke University or Duke Health for their outstanding commitment to service.

The New York Southern Society established the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards in 1925 in memory of Mr. Sullivan, a southerner who became a prominent lawyer, businessman and philanthropist in New York in the late nineteenth century. The award seeks to perpetuate the excellence of character and humanitarian service of Algernon Sydney Sullivan by recognizing and honoring such qualities in others.

  • Recognition of selflessness
  • Generosity of service
  • Nobility of character
  • Person of integrity
  • Depth of spirituality

Mr. Sullivan was a man who “reached out both hands in constant helpfulness to others.” The guidelines to the Award describe him as an accomplished lawyer, a mediator, a powerful orator, a noted philanthropist, a courageous citizen during perilous times, as well as a deeply spiritual and devoted family man.

Duke University is giving this award to a graduating senior and a member of the faculty, staff, or graduate student body who exhibit the qualities of Mr. Sullivan. These qualities of service, character and spirituality are recognized in their practical application to daily living. Nobility of character is a criterion that is defined by the foundation as “when one goes outside the narrow circle of self-interest and begins to spend himself for the interests of mankind.”

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award committee desires that this prestigious opportunity for recognition be available to student and employee alike regardless of their role at the University. This ensures that all who make significant contributions to the community and who lead lives of integrity will be considered as candidates for this unique award.


Provost Kornbluth presents 2018 Sullivan Award to Robert Byrd
Provost Kornbluth presents 2018 Sullivan Award to Robert Byrd
Provost Kornbluth presents 2018 Sullivan Award to Isaiah Carter
Provost Kornbluth presents 2018 Sullivan Award to Isaiah Carter

Winners of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award at Duke University

Faculty/staff winner — Robert Byrd - citation
Student winner - Isaiah Carter - citation


Faculty winner — Rick Hoyle — citation
Student winner —  Lauren Harper  — citation


Faculty winner — Sherryl Broverman — citation
Student winner — Quinn Holmquist — citation


Staff winner — Brad Fulton — citation
Student winner — Rasheed Alhadi — citation


Staff winner — Robert Newlin — citation
Student winner — Hannah Ward — citation


Staff winner — Geoffrey Mock — citation
Student winner — Kathleen Perry — citation


Staff winner — Barbara Dotson — citation
Student winner — Harrison Hines — citation


Staff winners
Barbara Lau — citation
Sarah Woodard — citation

Student winner — Alice Mao — citation


Staff winner – Jim Wilkerson — citation
Student winner – Jesse Huddleston


Staff winner – Annapurna Deo — citation
Student winner – Greg Akinbiyi


Staff winner – Jude C. Jonassaint — citation
Student winner – Claire Lauterbach


Staff winners

Claude Stubblefield — citation
David Edwards — citation

Student winners

Ben Abram
Trisha Bailey


Staff winner – Zachary McNish — citation
Student winner – William Hwang


Staff winner – Joseph B. Jackson — citation
Student winner – Mary Ellison Baars


Staff winner – The Reverend Elizabeth Wade Grant — citation

Student winners

Victoria Elizabeth Hogan
Sourav Sengupta


Staff winner – Jennifer Garst, M.D. — citation
Student winner – Elizabeth Ann Brantley