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Damen Award Recipient 2016: Steven D. McCullough

Damen Award Recipient 2016: Steven D. McCullough

McCullough earned his degree in operations management in 1989. After 10 years in the private sector, he switched career paths to community development work.

Steven D. McCullough (BBA ’89), a leader in community development and Quinlan alumnus, received the Damen Award during Loyola's annual Founders' Dinner on June 18, 2016.

The prestigious award is granted to distinguished alumni from each of Loyola’s schools and colleges at the dinner. The alumni who are honored exemplify the leadership and service that are the hallmarks of a Jesuit education. 

About Steven McCullough

McCullough has led community development efforts in Chicago and on the east coast. He currently serves as the chief operating officer of Communities In Schools (CIS), the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization. Based in Arlington, Virginia, CIS works with nearly 200 affiliates across the U.S. to help kids achieve in school, graduate, and go on to bright futures.

Previously, McCullough served as vice president of community impact at the Greater Chicago Food Depository, and the chief operating officer of the Safer Foundation, which helps individuals with criminal records successfully re-enter society.

Watch McCullough reflect on why he has dedicated his career to helping the less fortunate:

Founders' Dinner Video: View the video above or on Quinlan’s YouTube channel.

McCullough is appreciative of his Loyola education.

"I am very proud and fond of my experience at Loyola," he said. "Loyola gave me a strong sense of purpose. The Jesuit education actually means something out in the world. Had I gone any other place than Loyola, I wouldn't have that same kind of balance. I wouldn't be the person I am because of it. I love the place."

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