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Birmingham-Southern College President Krulak honored for community service by DAR
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College President Gen. Charles C. Krulak was honored by the Birmingham Territory Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, with its 2012 Community Service Award at a luncheon ceremony Jan. 10 at The Club in Birmingham.
President Gen. Charles Krulak receives the Birmingham Territory Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award from Barbara Traylor (far left), Regent, Birmingham Territory Chapter DAR, and Barbara Matthews, Chapter Community Service Award Chairman.
The Community Service Award recognizes "worthy residents from a variety of walks of life for outstanding achievements in educational, humanitarian, patriotic, historical, or citizenship endeavors, who, without compensation, have made an outstanding contribution to the community."
Having been recommended and approved as a candidate by the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), Krulak becomes eligible for the award at the state, division, and national levels of the organization.
This prestigious recognition is one of the NSDAR's highest awards. The selected recipient will be presented the National Community Service Award at the annual NSDAR week-long national convention in summer of 2012. The award presentation ceremony will be a part of the closing night gala at DAR Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C.
Krulak, retired commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps and former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, assumed duties as president of Birmingham-Southern on June 1, foregoing his first year's salary to demonstrate his allegiance to the college and its fiscal health.
Dr. Bill Morgan, Jr., senior pastor at Canterbury United Methodist Church in Mountain Brook and a BSC trustee and alumnus, and U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., submitted letters of support for Krulak's nomination.
Krulak's 35-year military career included two tours of duty in Vietnam and as commanding general of the 2nd Force Service Support Group at Camp LeJeune, N.C., during the Gulf War, among others. His military honors include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star Medal, three Bronze Star medals, two Purple Heart Medals, Meritorious Service Medal, and French Legion of Honor.
Following his retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1999, Krulak served as chairman and CEO of MBNA Europe Bank and then as vice chairman and chief administrative officer of MBNA America Bank.
He currently serves on the boards of Union Pacific Corp., Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold, Aston Villa Football Club, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and CEO Forum. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Hope for the Warriors, Human Rights First, and Officer Christian Fellowship.
The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.