T.J. Sullivan, ForCollegeForLife Partner and Chief Strategist, has been named a 2018 Diamond Honoree by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).
ACPA is headquartered in Washington, D.C. at the National Center for Higher Education, and is the leading comprehensive student affairs association advancing the field and engaging students for a lifetime of learning and discovery. The ACPA Foundation awards the Diamond Honoree distinction to those who have demonstrated sustained, significant contributions to higher education and the Student Affairs profession at the local, state, regional, national or international levels.
Sullivan is among the most successful college leadership speakers in the nation, having spoken to more than 3-million students in all 50 states. After earning his undergraduate degree from Indiana University's School of Journalism, he worked three years for Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and for four years with the BACCHUS Peer Education Network.
In 1992, Sullivan and his friend, Joel Goldman, began touring with an educational keynote called "Friendship in the Age of AIDS." The duo helped students confront the realities of HIV/AIDS prevention at a time when the nation was struggling with the emerging pandemic. Sullivan and Goldman were recognized with the top national award from the Ryan White Foundation for their efforts to prevent HIV infection among a generation of college students.
Sullivan has also won top national awards from the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA) and the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC).
His 2012 book, "Motivating the Middle: Fighting Apathy in College Student Organizations," is wildly popular in the college leadership realm. His second book on college student leadership will be published in 2018.
"Literally millions of college students have been impacted by T.J. and the speakers he has managed and mentored," said Casey J. Cornelius, Founder and CEO of ForCollegeForLife. "It's exciting that ACPA has chosen T.J. for this award because, in a way, he represents the many professionals who work on the periphery of higher education, promoting positive, life-shaping messages for college audiences."
Sullivan will receive the honor at ACPA's annual conference in Houston in March 2018.