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CU to honor local couple with prestigious award


Cumberland University will honor a Lebanon couple as part of its Spring Commencement exercises.

Bob and Pam Black will be recipients of the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.

Each year, the University presents the award to a deserving member of the community for their outstanding  service and dedication to helping others.

“Bob and Pam are extraordinary human beings who have devoted so much of themselves to our community.” said Dr. Harvill Eaton, president of Cumberland University. “Together, they have impacted countless causes and lives and embody the very principles and characteristics for which this award was created.”

Mr. Black was born in Tucson, Ariz. and grew up as an Air Force child having lived in Japan, Newfoundland, Germany and numerous bases in the US. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business and Marketing. Mrs. Black was raised in Old Hickory, Tenn., and worked in the retail fashion industry managing store operations.  

The Blacks have always held a special place in their hearts for anyone in need. They are passionate about animal welfare and have viewed their animals as their own children. They moved to Lebanon in 2002 and immediately became involved in the community and active in many local events and charities including the Walton Trail District of the Boy Scouts of America (Past Chair), Lebanon Zoning Appeals (Board Member), Lebanon Planning Commission (Pam), Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville (Board Member, Past Chair), New Leash on Life Animal Welfare (Pam), Rotary, Historic Lebanon, Community Foundation of Wilson County, Support of the 15th Judicial District Child Advocacy Center, Sherry’s Run, Cumberland University and Leadership Wilson.  

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation facilitates annual awards on 68 college and university campuses in the Southern United States. Participating institutions may present the awards to graduating seniors, alumni, or community members who meet the criteria set forth by the Foundation.

Sullivan Awards are highly prized, and over the years have been bestowed on notable individuals including Eleanor Roosevelt, television icon Fred Rogers, and Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell.

The Blacks, along with a student recipient of this award, will be recognized at Cumberland University’s 173rd Commencement ceremony on May 9 at 10 a.m.




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