Spring 2019 Glenville State College graduate Jacob Bullard has been selected as the 2018-19 Student Leadership Award recipient. Bullard is recognized for his life-saving actions while interning with the Burnsville Police Department.
“The Glenville State College community is very proud of Jake for his actions during his student internship,” said John Beckvold, GSC Vice President for Business and Operations. “Were Mr. Bullard a full-time officer of the law when this happened, he would likely have received a commendation from his department for saving a life. We felt it only appropriate that, as a graduating senior, we present him with the highest recognition the College can bestow upon a student, the Student Leadership Award. His professors in the Department of Criminal Justice will no doubt be following his progress as he begins his professional career, and we all know it will be one of distinction.”
“I was surprised to have received the award,” said Bullard. “It means a lot to me to be recognized by the College in this way. I had received some things from the Department of Criminal Justice a few days prior, so to be recognized at graduation was very humbling because there are other students who are just as deserving of the award.”
Bullard received a challenge coin from the Glenville State College Department of Criminal Justice, as well as a letter from Congressman David McKinley commending him on his heroic efforts.
He now plans to pursue work in state or federal law enforcement.
“I will miss my friends and professors the most. Glenville State College is such a small place with a large sense of community. It’s just a place that will always feel like home,” said Bullard.
Bullard joins 45 other graduates who have received the Outstanding Student Leadership Award at GSC since 1977. Names of the honorees are displayed on a permanent plaque in the Heflin Administration Building.