Shandal Sullivan, 25 years

Chief of Staff, Health Programs 

The Carter Center 

Shandal Sullivan

Tell us a little about the work you've done at Emory throughout your career.

Throughout my career at Emory, I have worked in Health Programs at The Carter Center. When I started, President and Mrs. Carter were still very much active in the Center’s programs, so it has been indeed an honor to work with them and to continue their legacy. 

What are some of your favorite memories of your time at Emory?

My fondest memories have been getting to know colleagues and partners around the globe, especially those who are working on the frontlines to eliminate diseases in marginalized communities, often in insecure areas. They are literally putting their lives on the line to help others, which inspires me to continue the work that I do despite obstacles or frustrations.  I have also been inspired hearing stories about those we serve--how the people in these communities, despite their limited resources, are fighting to help themselves.  One example includes a father in South Sudan who traveled more than 150 miles with his son to get the eye surgery that his son needed to save his sight.  How can you grumble after hearing that?! 

What are some of the most significant changes you have witnessed over the course of your career?

After COVID, the most significant change I have witnessed is the change in work culture.  No longer do we gather around the water fountain or coffee machine to share our weekend updates with colleagues. Connections are on screen rather than in person.  We have had to make more of an effort to build camaraderie in the work environment, which has led to a more sincere connection with coworkers, I think.  We cannot now take for granted that we will see our colleagues in the office day-to-day, so we have to actively reach out and get to know them. 

Is there anything you miss from "back in the day"?

As I mentioned above, I miss interacting with my colleagues daily, but we have found other ways to connect. 

What do you hope for the future of Emory?

I hope Emory will continue to grow as a global university, increasing its diversity and thus its stakehold in scholarly research and global narratives that influence the thought processes and institutions working to make the world better. 

Anything else you would like to share?

It has indeed been a pleasure to be a part of the Emory family these 25 years and I look forward to the coming years ahead.