Neil V Sullivan

Graduating class of 1933



A career which has spanned the country and an era. “---One of the leading figures in American education.” And he graduated from Central in 1933B, the only year (during the depression) that there is no Aglaia Yearbook because people were too poor! Dr. Sullivan received his BA from Fitchburg (MA) Teachers College, his M. A. from Columbia University, and his Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Harvard University. He holds a number of honorary doctorates from institutions including Boston University and the University of New Hampshire. He served as superintendent of schools in Maine and New York and, at the request of President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, of the Free Schools of Prince Edward County, Virginia. Dr. Sullivan opened the schools of the County within two weeks of his arrival although they had been closed to black children for the preceding four years. He was Superintendent of Schools in Berkeley, California when in September of 1968, that city became the first in the nation with a population of 100,000 or more to integrate its schools completely. From there, he accepted an invitation to become the Commissioner of Education in Massachusetts. Dr. Sullivan is the author of many articles and books (he’s working on his 5th) dealing with educational opportunity and educational administration. He has been a Visiting Professor at seven major universities, including Harvard and Stanford. Among many appointments, he has been a member of President Johnson’s U. S. Civil Rights Commission Advisory Committee, an advisor to the Education Commission of the States Steering Committee, and Vice chairman of President Nixon’s White House Conference on Children and Youth. Another of Central’s gifts to the Nation!