Margaret Arbuckle, Chelsey Wilson Win Sullivan Awards
April 19, 2013
Advocate for children Margaret Arbuckle and student leader Chelsey Wilson ’13 received this year’s Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards at the Spring Awards Celebration.
Established in 1925, the awards are given at dozens of colleges in the South in memory of Algernon Sydney Sullivan, who was known for his compassion. A native of Virginia who practiced law in New York, Algernon founded what is now the international law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell. The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation sponsors the awards.
Margaret has been the executive director of the non-profit Guilford Education Alliance since 2005. She is a longtime children’s advocate who has worked during the past eight years to increase business and community support for Guilford County Schools.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Salem College and both a master’s degree and a doctorate in human development and family studies from UNC-Greensboro.
She played a key role in the merger of three school systems and served as a Guilford County commissioner from 1992-98. She was associate director of UNCG’s Center for Youth, Family and Community Partnerships, a founding board member of the Guilford Partnership for Children – Smart Start, and chairwoman of the North Carolina Child Advocacy Institute.
When asked about her leadership style, Margaret said, “I try to build consensus.” Perhaps this is her draw to Guilford College, an institution she and her husband have supported and where both have served on the Board of Visitors.
She has served on the boards of the Piedmont Land Conservancy, Guilford County Mental Health, the National Conference for Community and Justice, and the Human Environmental Sciences Foundation. She has also served as an elder at First Presbyterian Church.
Chelsey, who is majoring in sport management with minors in dance and non-profit management, has worked tirelessly in support of the Guilford campus Food Pantry, Stop Hunger Now and other food insecurity projects. In addition to serving the hungry, these efforts provide her fellow students with opportunities to be active, involved agents of change.
A native of Alamance County, she is familiar with the rapid changes affecting the Piedmont that have left many in need. She brings people together, listens well, focuses on the task at hand and makes sure her team completes the job, community members say, transferring learning into social action and community empowerment.
The Spring Awards Celebration program, which lists all the award winners, is available online.