Thaddeus Seymour came to Rollins in 1978 as the twelfth president of the College. During his twelve-year tenure, he not only transformed the school through fund-raising efforts, but also enhanced academic excellence of liberal arts education and strengthened the relationship with the local community. Throughout his life, Seymour is widely known not only as dean and college president, but also an inspiring teacher, a caring counselor, a supportive friend, and a leading citizen of the community. In 1994, Seymour received the Citizens Award from the Sullivan Committee. Three years later, in 1997, he and his wife, Polly, became Winter Park’s Citizens of the Year, in recognition of their continued service in the community.
The Thaddeus Seymour Award for Community Engagement was established in 2006 as a means of recognizing Rollins staff members for sustainable and demonstrated service in local and global communities. In the spirit of Rollins College’s mission of Global Citizenship and Responsible Leadership this award is to be granted annually to the individual staff member whose leadership, dedication and commitment has created positive, socially just, creative, and focused ways of transforming the lives of the people, events, and environments in local and global communities.
The 2013-14 call for nominations is now open and the deadlines for submissions if Friday, April 25, 2014.