Mississippi Valley State University will recognize its outstanding scholars during the 2013 Honors Convocation on Tuesday, March 19 at 11:00 a.m. in the H. G. Carpenter Auditorium.
The featured speaker will be Dr. Douglass Sullivan-González, Dean of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at The University of Mississippi.
Since Sullivan-González took over the helm of the Honors College at The University of Mississippi in 2002, the Honors College has grown from 375 students to more than 1050 averaging nearly 31 on the ACT and 4.00 GPA. The SMB Honors College creates an energetic atmosphere conducive to intellectual imagination and producing innovative scholars. During Sullivan-González’s tenure, Honors students have led the University to capture one Rhodes Scholarship, one Marshall, four Trumans, seven Goldwater Scholarships, two Udalls, one Mitchell, one Gates Cambridge and a number of Fulbright winners.
Sullivan-González worked with two chancellors to raise more than $20 million during the past decade to fund the Honors College programs, and the SMHBC currently operates on a yearly $3 million budget supported largely by these private funds.
Sullivan-González completed his Bachelor of Arts at Samford University and his Master of Divinity and Master of Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. Sullivan-González taught Church History and Social Ethics from 1984-1986 at the Nicaraguan Baptist Seminary in Managua, Nicaragua. He then completed his Ph.D. in Latin American History at the University of Texas at Austin. Sullivan-González is an active volunteer firefighter with the Lafayette County Fire Department and an avid amateur radio (ham) operator and storm spotter with the National Weather Service.