Hall of Fame Member Biographies

Bloomer Don Sullivan

Service and leadership have been the guiding stars of the career of B. Don Sullivan, both to the cause of Oklahoma and to his country.  Bloomer Don, so named because his father was Coach Bloomer Sullivan, one of the nation’s basketball legends, earned a B.S. degree in 1962 in Social Sciences from Oklahoma State University and the next year he obtained a M.S. in Guidance and Counseling from that institution.  He then served in the U. S. Army in Germany and later in Vietnam.  As a career officer, he obtained a Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia and served in the military for twenty years, finishing as a battalion commander at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.  During these years he taught at various institutions such as the University of Denver, Chapman College, the US Army Command and General Staff College and the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.  In 1992 he became the Vice President for University Advancement at Cameron University, a position involving multiple duties to advance Cameron’s educational mission.  In 2001 he was named Provost of the school.  In that capacity he aided the improvement of the library, computing technology, and the Fires Support Models and Simulations Institute.  Between 2001 and his retirement in 2011, he bore responsibility for coordinating the university’s multi-year Centennial Celebration and the highly successful multimillion dollar campaigns that supported construction projects, scholarship and endowments for the early 21st Century.  He has been instrumental in establishing contacts among the military, business leaders and academicians and has produced 30 journal articles and presentations.  Besides serving on numerous civic organizations in Lawton, he has as well been on the boards of the Oklahoma Academy for State Goals, served as Leadership Oklahoma’s Vice President for Programs and the OASG Subcommittee on Telecommunications and Higher Education. His wife of 52 years, Glenda was inducted into the Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame in August 2014.  His father, Bloomer Sullivan was posthumously inducted into the Oklahoma Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.  We welcome Bloomer Don Sullivan as a 2014 inductee into the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame.