Huntingdon’s 2010 Mary Mildred Sullivan Award Honors College Chaplain
Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College honored chaplain and director of community service Brian Smith of Montgomery with the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award during the College’s annual Awards Day Convocation earlier this month.
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, 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.”
A member of the Huntingdon College Class of 1994 and a native of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Smith is the son of Billie and Kent Smith of Athens, Tenn. After graduating from Huntingdon, he completed his Master of Arts at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. An ordained minister, he pastored several churches in North Carolina and South Carolina, taught 7th–9th grade health, science, and mathematics, and served as a professor at New Life Theological Seminary before returning to his alma mater. In presenting the award to Smith, Huntingdon President J. Cameron West said:
“Brian is an excellent example of a servant-leader. He has been instrumental in rebuilding Huntingdon’s Campus Ministries program, which he has led since 2007. He consistently pours himself into the lives of
students, whether through Chapel, Emerge, small group Bible studies, retreats, or countless other opportunities sponsored by Campus Ministries. Students are challenged by Campus Ministries on a daily basis to ‘grow’ their walk with Christ.”
As the director of community service, Smith has worked to incorporate faculty, staff, administrators, and students into purposeful service for others. Projects that Huntingdon College has supported include Nothing but Nets, the Montgomery Humane Society, Haiti Relief, the annual Angel Tree at Christmas, the Jingle Bell Run, Common Ground Ministries, the United Way, and Adopt-a-School. Last year, Smith led a mission trip of Huntingdon students to Panama and will lead a trip to Ecuador next month.
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 is “Enter to grow in wisdom; go forth to apply wisdom in service.”
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