Ulysses Hammond Wins Prestigious Crawford Award for Community Service

(l-r) Christine Hammond, Dwight Hammond Jr, and Ulysses Hammond

by John Stratton

Ulysses Hammond, vice-president for administration at Connecticut College, has been named the 2012 recipient of the William Crawford Distinguished Service award, given by the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut.

At the college, Hammond serves as the chief administrative and business operations officer and is coordinator of the College’s legal and community affairs, but has further distinguished himself as a personal exemplar of community service.

Chamber President Tony Sheridan said the selection could not have gone to a more worthy individual.

“Since he arrived in eastern Connecticut, Ulysses has spent a significant amount of his time improving the quality of life here,” he said. “He has gone above and beyond the call of duty and he has set a high benchmark for those who follow.” Hammond will be honored at a Chamber dinner program later this year.

Hammond was appointed Connecticut College’s vice-president for administration in February 2000. Currently, he is leading the College’s $85 million, 10-year campus renewal effort.

Of all the regional organizations in which Hammond serves, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholarship Trust Fund, for which is president, is “near and dear to his heart.” He also is chair of the Board of Directors at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital, and is the past board chair of both the United Way of Southeastern Connecticut and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut.

He has earned numerous honors and awards, including the 2010 Liberty Bank Willard McRae Community Diversity Award, 2010 Paul Harris Rotary International Award, 2008 Dominion Power Strong Men & Strong Women Excellence in Leadership Award, 2008 OIC Community Champion Award, 2008 Boy Scouts of America Outstanding Leadership Award, and the 2006 State of Connecticut Man of the Year Award.

Hammond is also the recipient of the “Measure of a Man” Award from the Washington Inter-Alumni Council of the College Fund/United Negro College Fund. He was the co-founder of the Tutoring for Success/Preparing Tomorrow’s Leaders Today program in the New London public schools.

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