Kanuga Conferences Appoints Organization’s 10th President

ATLANTA, GA, September 3, 2016 — Kanuga Conferences has appointed the Rev. Michael Radford Sullivan as president effective early November.

Most recently, Sullivan served as rector of Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Parish in Atlanta, where he has been since 2009. Sullivan brought stability to finances of the 2,500-member parish and has extensive strategic planning and fundraising experience, including a $10 million renovation and expansion of church facilities while also assisting with a $22.5 million capital project for a STEM building at Holy Innocents’ School and $5 million for an administrative complex.


Prior to his tenure at Holy Innocents’, Sullivan held the position of rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lynchburg, Va., (2005-09) as well as being the canon for Mission at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, S.C. (2002-05).

“With Kanuga’s stellar reputation in the Church and conference center worlds, the search committee found widespread interest in the position and talked with many highly qualified candidates. Narrowing the field to three finalists for the Board of Trustees to interview was a difficult task,” said Jack McMillan, chair of the Kanuga Conferences President Search Committee. “I speak for the committee in saying that we are very pleased with the entire process and with the board’s ultimate selection of the Rev. Sullivan as Kanuga’s next president.”

“Michael has built a remarkable track record of financial oversight, strategic planning and significant development accomplishments,” said Edward D. Colhoun IV, chairman of the Kanuga Board of Trustees. “He brings a tremendous background to Kanuga. He has proven to be an inspiring leader, and I am pleased that someone of his professional caliber and experience will strengthen the future of Kanuga.”

A native of Seneca, S.C., Sullivan holds a Master of Divinity from The University of the South, Sewanee, Tenn.; a Juris Doctor cum laude, from the University of South Carolina, Columbia; and a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude, Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C. (Phi Beta Kappa).

“I cannot imagine a more promising and exciting call than Kanuga,” said Sullivan. “I’m elated to step into the work we are called to, building upon the foundations of past generations, while also trusting God to guide us as a bolder and stronger Kanuga for the future of the Church. I look forward to working with the Board and all our family to continue the tradition begun in 1928.”

He succeeds Stanley B. Hubbard Jr., who will retire in the fourth quarter of this year.

“After twelve successful years, we are saying a fond farewell to Stan, but we do not say goodbye to his many accomplishments and what he has brought to Kanuga,” said Colhoun. “We will expand on the renewed vitality he has instilled in our community.”

The Reverend Michael R. Sullivan was recruited as a part of a national search led by BoardWalk Consulting of Atlanta.

About BoardWalk Consulting

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