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Economics chair awarded for 23 years of service

Sullivan receives his award

Timothy Sullivan, chair of the Department of Economics, has been honored with the 2013 President’s Award for Distinguished Service to the University.

The annual award is given to those who demonstrate extraordinary leadership, record of service, respect from and among colleagues, and a history of contribution to the university.

“You are indeed the epitome of leadership, with your diplomacy, and the gold standard of institutional service,” said President Maravene Loeschke, as she presented Sullivan with the award at the 148th Commencement ceremony.

“We ask our students all the time how they are going to serve with their education, and you are a role model for them all.”

An economist specializing in the fields of economic history, urban and regional economics, and statistics, Sullivan has in his 23 years with Towson devoted untold—and possibly unmatched—hours to championing faculty, students and all that is academic on campus.

His dedication to serve has been demonstrated through his leadership in campus governance, like the University Senate he has chaired for eight successive terms, and his involvement in the search committees that hired Timothy Chandler, the university’s new provost, as well as President Loeschke and Past President Robert Caret.

“I’m honored to be a part of an institution whose mission is to enhance and enrich the lives of individuals, and more broadly to improve the human condition,” said Sullivan, upon receiving the award.

“In my view, there’s nothing more vital to humanity and to progress than to be a part of something, to participate in causes and events that are bigger than yourself.”

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