LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the third year in a row The Sullivan University System has been named as one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky.

Sullivan was one of 30 companies in the state selected in the large-sized employer category – those employing 500 or more employees in the United States – as part of the 12th Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky Program. .

“We are extremely proud of our selection as one of the best places to work in Kentucky, for the third straight year” said Glenn Sullivan, president of The Sullivan University System. “I have said it before, and I’ll continue to say what truly makes a company great is its employees, and we have the best. This recognition goes to the people who enjoy their working environment, which leads to a more passionate and committed faculty and staff. And that translates into better performance and higher student satisfaction.

“The Sullivan University System,” President Sullivan said, “is the best place to work and the best place to learn.”

Created in 2005, the awards program is a project of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management, and the Best Companies Group. This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best places of employment in Kentucky, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce, and business.

“The Sullivan University System’s faculty, staff, and administration are reminded how meaningful their jobs are everyday when they see their work change the lives of their students,” said Melissa Lowe, director of Human Resources at Sullivan University System.

The Sullivan University System operates in three Kentucky cities – Louisville, Lexington, and Fort Knox – and provides higher learning and educational enrichment opportunities for the intellectual, social, and professional development of its students.

Among the things that make Sullivan University System a great place to work:

  • Caring about the environment. In early January Sullivan announced that it opened the first Tesla Motors electric vehicle charging station in Louisville. Other examples of Sullivan’s deep and continuing commitment to the environment include: Installing 16 solar panels on the roof of the Gardiner Point Residence Hall, which are used to heat water in the student housing; building a LEED-Silver certified Energy Technology Building on the campus of the Sullivan University College of Technology and Design; using energy-efficient LED floodlights on campus buildings; Installing high-efficiency boilers; replacing an estimated 900 personal computers with Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) workstations, which use about one/tenth the power of a PC and will save an estimated $70,000 in energy costs over five years.
  • Wellness. The Sullivan University System won three awards in 2015 for it Wellness Program: A Gold Level Award from the Louisville Metro Wellness Council; Gold Achievement as a fit friendly worksite from the American Heart Association; and designated as one of Louisville’s Healthiest Employers by Business First. Sullivan also provides at no cost wellness services that include medication therapy management, smoking cessation courses and health/living weight management courses.
  • Educational benefits. The university system provides educational benefits covering 100% of tuition costs to its eligible employees and their dependents.
  • Charitable work: Sullivan and its employees raised $15,000 and participated in the Kentuckiana and Lexington Heart Walk events; Sullivan faculty and staff join the Salvation Army Center of Hope in preparing a Thanksgiving meal for 800 people each year; and Sullivan has adopted the Scholar Houses in Louisville/Lexington as major community recipients, offering activities such collections for school supplies, coats and personal hygiene items, landscaping, financial education sessions for residents, and gift and support during the Christmas holidays.

For Sullivan University QEP Coordinator Lynnette Kennedy, working and especially learning Sullivan has been a family affair. She is a Sullivan graduate, as is her husband and three of the couple’s four children.

“To be able to provide my family an education through the educational benefit program The Sullivan University System offers their employees has been so valuable for me and my family,” said Kennedy, a true believer of Sullivan’s “I Care” campaign.

“Sullivan cares about the students, cares about the employees and cares about giving back to the community,” she said. “I love working for a company that truly cares.”

Marika Adams Wesolosky, a 21-year Sullivan employee who oversees graduate school admissions in the International Program, described Sullivan as a workplace “where you can reach so many people in some many different arenas.”

“High school teachers, counselors, principals, professors, community partners and of course students from age 18 to 75,” she said. “All are relationships that I have throughout the Bluegrass Region and beyond because of my career at Sullivan. It is such an interesting place to work and it provides the opportunity to meet and interact with such dynamic people.”

Companies participating Best Places to Work in Kentucky program are evaluated in a two-part process to determine the winners. The first part consists of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25 percent of the total evaluation.

The second part consists of an employee survey to measure the employee experience at the companies. This part of the process is worth approximately 75 percent of the total evaluation. The Best Companies Group then sorts and interprets the data, determines the rankings, and produces Employee Feedback Reports.

The winners were announced Thursday. The Sullivan University System will be recognized and honored at the Best Places to Work in Kentucky 12th Annual Awards Dinner on April 20, 2016, at the Lexington Convention Center in Lexington. The final winner rankings will be announced at the event. A magazine recognizing the winners and their final ranking will be released for statewide distribution at that time.

About The Sullivan University System
Sullivan University, Sullivan College of Technology, and Spencerian College are all part of the Sullivan University System, with six campuses in three Kentucky cities – Louisville, Lexington, and Fort Knox – and a robust online division serving students in the United States and abroad. The system plans to open earning centers in eastern and norther Kentucky in 2016. The Sullivan University System also offers Dale Carnegie Training and The International Center for Corporate Learning (ICCL). Universities and Colleges in the Sullivan University System award Associate, Bachelor’s Master’s and Doctoral degrees. The system also offers numerous certificate, diploma and degree programs in career-orientated programs ranging from business, pharmacy, human resources, technology, supply chain management, culinary and baking and pastry arts, hospitality studies, conflict management, nursing, allied health sciences, legal studies and early childhood education. For more information, visit sullivan.edu, sctd.edu and spencerian.edu.

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