A graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce with a degree in advertising and public relations, Mr. Sullivan began his profession at the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and during his career held positions at the San Angelo Standard-Times, Harte-Hanks Communications, and The E. W. Scripps Company. He retired as vice president/operations for the newspaper division of The E. W. Scripps Company in 2004. He has been active in various newspaper industry organizations, as well as community involvement. Mr. Sullivan and his wife, Janis, reside in Dallas. They have two daughters. Recently inducted into the Founders Circle, the Sullivans have blessed this University by establishing an endowment that provides scholarships to students who have been selected for Honors College.