Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards Recognize Personal Integrity and Selfless Dedication to Service
Excellence of character and humanitarian service personify Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award recipients. Since 1948, Queens University Charlotte has selected individuals for this honor who represent the highest ideals of both the university and society. Two awards are typically presented, one to a member of the graduating class, and another to a person or couple affiliated with the university.
Student Awards: Johanna Mercado and Naiya Pollard
In 2019, for the first time, two recipients were named for the student award: Johanna Mercado and Naiya Pollard. Both are first-generation, college graduates from historically under-represented groups, and both have excelled during their time at Queens inside and outside the classroom. Mercado and Pollard are recognized for their integrity and how they have contributed to their communities.
Mercado is a Blair College of Health graduate who has been an active member of Queens’ Latin American Student Organization throughout her tenure. She also has served as a leader of the university’s freshman retreat, a L.E.A.D. mentor to minority and first-generation students, and a leader and intern at freshman registration and orientation.
Pollard, a music therapy major, has been president of the Black Student Union for two years. She is known for bringing people together on campus to discuss difficult topics through the Hard Truths program. Pollard has been a L.E.A.D. mentor to minority and first-generation students for two years and a music therapy tutor.
Community Award: Jan Hall Brown and Edward J Brown III
The community Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award has been awarded to Jan Hall Brown and Edward J Brown III, who exemplify a selfless dedication to service and philanthropy and a deep commitment to Queens University.
Jan, who earned her undergraduate and MBA degrees from Queens, has had a career that ranged from the high school classroom to the greater Charlotte real estate community. Jan joined the Queens board of trustees in 2013 and has served on the nominating and governance as well as capital planning committees. In 2019, she will take on a new executive committee role as the board’s secretary.
Edward Brown, a graduate of Georgia Tech and Harvard, retired from Bank of America as president of global corporate and investment banking and currently serves as chief executive officer and president of Hendrick Automotive Group, the nation’s largest privately held automotive group. He currently serves as board chairman of Atrium Health.
The Browns’ ongoing contributions to Queens can be seen in an endowed scholarship and through countless campus improvements including the Hall Brown Overcash residential hall and the Hall Brown Terrace.