As our community works to promote a more diverse and positive environment on Grounds, staff, faculty, and friends of the University are key partners in this endeavor. The Serpentine Society is deeply grateful for the positive and supportive role played by so many individuals who reach out to provide encouragement, enlightenment, and are a beacon of understanding to LGBTQ and allied students.
In recognition of the important role of the faculty, staff, and others, the Serpentine Society established its Outstanding Service Award in 2005 to recognize individuals contributing to a more positive and supportive culture at the University for LGBTQ students and significant improvement in the lives of the LGBTQ community on Grounds.
Jennifer Markham Hulvey
Director of Financial Aid | University of Virginia School of Law
Jennifer Markham Hulvey joined the Law School in October 2009. She has worked as a financial aid administrator since 1991, and came to the Law School from UVA’s Student Financial Services office, where she helped implement the University’s new student information system. In addition to her experience as a financial aid officer, Hulvey has also worked in the student loan industry, and spent five years as a higher education software consultant. She is a certified Myers Briggs Type Indicator administrator, and was the 2015 recipient of the Lambda Law Alliance’s Alvarez-Coughlin Award for commitment to diversity. She earned her B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Virginia Tech, and her M.Ed. from James Madison University.
BUCKNER W. CLAY DEAN OF ARTS & SCIENCES
Ian Baucom came to the University of Virginia after serving 17 years in Duke University’s Department of English as a professor and as the director of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. Since arriving at UVA in the summer of 2014, Dean Baucom has led a series of initiatives within the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
He is overseeing an ambitious hiring campaign that, in the midst of a generational turnover of esteemed faculty, aims to bring upwards of 200 new tenured and tenure-track faculty to the College. Baucom is emphasizing the importance of recruiting at the highest level of excellence and enhancing the faculty’s diversity to build on the College’s historical strengths and to ensure its future for generations of students to come.
Baucom is also guiding the College’s efforts to revise its undergraduate curriculum for the first time in four decades, starting with the new curriculum pilot that will launch in the 2017-18 academic year. In addition, he is working with the College’s leadership team to develop creative initiatives in global, digital and cross-disciplinary studies. At the same time, Baucom is working to advance the research mission and to further strengthen graduate programs, coordinating an examination of the Graduate School’s current state and future ambitions.
He earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Wake Forest University and holds a master’s degree in African studies and a doctorate in English, both from Yale University.
Baucom is the author of Out of Place: Englishness, Empire and the Locations of Identity, and Specters of the Atlantic: Finance Capital, Slavery, and the Philosophy of History. He is the co-editor of Shades of Black: Assembling Black Arts in 1980s Britain.
The 2015 recipient of the Outstanding Service Award was Robert D. Sweeney, Senior Vice President of University Advancement, for his unflinching leadership of a LGBTQ-welcoming and inclusive advancement organization which has driven successful fundraising initiatives for LGBTQ student scholarships, the LGBTQ Center and LGBTQ Studies in the Women, Gender and Sexuality program.
Bob Sweeney has spent virtually his entire 40 year career leading colleges and universities in maximizing their fundraising and public outreach. He has represented some of the finest public and private institutions during pivotal periods in their history where they leveraged strong leadership, significant new private resources and a compelling story to gain prominence. Every institution he has served has significantly increased its positioning in the various guides and rankings. These include SUNY Oswego, the University of Richmond, Loyola University of Maryland, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and, for the past 22 years, the University of Virginia. Mr. Sweeney has spent over 31 years at the Vice President level or above.
Central to Mr. Sweeney’s philosophy of building organizations is that for a team to come together, its members must share a common goal. Inspiring people through personality is a risky, exhausting endeavor. He believes that instilling in people the belief that accomplishing something far bigger than themselves—sparking the innovation of the next generation by providing an education to deserving students or funding the creation of new knowledge that supports cutting edge research–instills dignity and pride that motivates peak performance.
As Senior Vice President for University Advancement, Bob Sweeney has been the architect of two of the largest campaigns in the history of public higher education. In 2000, Mr. Sweeney led a successful campaign for $1.43 billion at UVa. At the time, it was the largest amount ever raised by a public university. In June of 2013, the University exceeded its $3 billion fundraising effort that, at the time of its announcement was the largest campaign goal ever attempted by a public or private university. It now ranks in the top ten campaign successes ever. During his tenure at UVa, Mr. Sweeney has orchestrated funding that exceeds $4.5 billion. Adding campaign successes at UNC Chapel Hill, Richmond and Loyola, Mr. Sweeney has been a catalyst in raising almost $5 billion.
For 12 years, Mr. Sweeney also led the public affairs program at the University which included media relations, social media, marketing, web design and services, audio visual services and community relations. He worked closely with University President Teresa Sullivan to create and launch a new University Communications division that will leverage the dramatic changes in the communications environment.
Bob Sweeney has served as a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph Hospital (Towson MD), his alma mater Niagara University (where he received an honorary doctorate in 1998) and several University of Virginia related foundations including the Virginia Health Foundation, the Virginia Athletics Foundation, and the University of Virginia Foundation.
He makes his home on the Grounds of the University of Virginia. He resides on Thomas Jefferson’s historic Lawn in Pavilion VI. He has two sons, Matthew of Beverly Hills, CA and Paul, of Hilton Head, SC.
William H. Anderson, Jr., Ph.D.
William Anderson Jr., Ph.D., has been at the University of Virginia since 1981. He received a B.S. degree in psychology from Virginia Tech in 1970 and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from SUNY at Stony Brook in 1974. He completed post-doctoral studies in pediatric psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Anderson had been an assistant professor of psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill and subsequently became associate professor in the U.Va. Curry School programs in clinical psychology. In 1985 he became director of training in the U.Va. Counseling Center, and served in that position until 1996 when the Counseling Center was merged with Student Mental Health to form CAPS. In his current role as a licensed staff psychologist Dr. Anderson conducts individual and group therapy, supervises clinicians in training, and provides outreach to the wider University community. His theoretical orientation derives from humanistic and cognitive behavioral theory and research. Much of his clinical work and psycho-educational outreach address multicultural issues, sexuality, and spirituality concerns. Dr. Anderson is a Fellow at Hereford College. He is currently a member of the American Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, The Association of Black Psychologists, and the American Psychological Association. He is chair of the Charlottesville Center for Peace and Justice, and is also active in several other national and international peace and justice organizations. He is a tenor in two Charlottesville choral ensembles: The Virginia Consort, and Zephyrus.
Previous Award Winners
Patricia M. Lampkin
Ellen J. Bass
Michael J. Smith
V. Shamim Sisson
John A. Herring