NU trustee receives prestigious West Point award

Retired U.S. Army Chief of Staff given Thayer Award

Dyer, Sullivan, and Brooks
(l-r) Thomas B. Dyer III, Military Academy Association of Graduates Board of Trustees Chairman and CEO, presented the Thayer Award to Retired Gen. Gordon R. Sullivan during a ceremony held at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., on Oct. 1 while Brig. Gen. Leo A. Brooks Jr., nephew of Norwich Trustee Francis Brooks '67, observed. (U.S. Army Photo)

Norwich University Board of Trustee Chairman, Gen. Gordon Sullivan '59 (USA, Retired), has been named the 2003 recipient of the Thayer Award from the US Military Academy at West Point. The Thayer Award is named in honor of General Sylvanus Thayer, "the father of the Military Academy", who was a West Point graduate and served as the fifth superintendent of the academy from 1817-1833. The Thayer Award is presented annually to an outstanding citizen whose service and accomplishments in the national interest exemplify the Military Academy motto, "Duty, Honor, Country." Previous recipients include such dignitaries as Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell, George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Neil Armstrong, Douglas McArthur and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Sullivan retired from the Army on July 31, 1995, after more than 36 years of active service, which culminated as the 32nd Chief of Staff of the Army, the senior general officer in the Army and a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Sullivan currently serves as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Association of the United States Army. In May 2003, he assumed a five-year term as Chairman of the Norwich University Board of Trustees, the University's governing body.

dmudgett@norwich.edu, October 2003

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