Two alumni honored at President’s Reception

Tue, 06/01/2010 - 11:45am
Presidents Reception

Spring Hill College recognized two outstanding alumni at the President’s Reception on April 22: Ann Pike Delea ’63 and Dr. Frank E. Scully Jr. ’68.

The Ignatian Award – presented to an alumnus, alumna or friend of the College in recognition of community service in keeping with the ideals set forth by St. Ignatius of Loyola and reflected in selfless acts of humanitarianism.

Ann Pike Delea – Bachelor of Arts, 1963

A 1963 graduate of Spring Hill, Delea is a retired schoolteacher of 34 years. She received a master’s degree in educational leadership from Troy University in 2003.

After retiring from teaching in 2005, Delea created a volunteer-based program in Brunswick, Ga., called Shepherds for Seniors. This program assists disadvantaged elderly citizens by pairing them with local volunteers; volunteers use donated gift cards and vouchers to help seniors with grocery shopping and other errands.

Delea has served on the board of directors of both the Glynn County Community Crisis Center and Amity House, a shelter for abused women and children. In 1988, Delea and her late husband, the Rev. Michael Delea, helped to organize Habitat for Humanity in Glynn County, Ga.

She was recently nominated for the Excellence in Servanthood Award by the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia. She has served as a vestry member and as senior warden at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church on Saint Simons Island, Ga., where she now resides. She has three children and six grandchildren.

The Gautrelet Award – presented to any individual of high integrity who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement.

Dr. Frank E. Scully, Jr. – Bachelor of Science, Chemistry, 1968

A 1968 graduate of Spring Hill, Scully went on to earn his doctorate degree in organic chemistry from Purdue University in 1973. After completing his postdoctoral research at Yale University, he served as a chemistry instructor from 1974 to 1975.

In 1975, Scully took a position as assistant professor at Old Dominion University; he was promoted to associate professor in 1980 and professor in 1986. In 1984, Scully spent a sabbatical at the Swiss Federal Institute for Water Resources and Water Pollution Control.

After serving as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at Old Dominion College, Scully took a position as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University in New Orleans, holding that position from 1998 to 2007.

Scully has served on the National Research Council Subcommittee on the Health Effects of Drinking Water Disinfectants and Their By-Products and on an advisory group on Reclaimed Water for the International Space Station. He has published more than 60 papers in scholarly journals and addressed both national and international conferences. Scully has directed the research of 25 graduate students and 33 undergraduate students, and his research has attracted more than $2.5 million in grant funding.

Scully serves as vice president of academic affairs at Emmanuel College in Boston and resides in West Newton, Mass., with his wife, Mary.