Alumni honored for volunteer service with Gold Spike Awards

Gretchen Milligan

Alumni GRETCHEN HARTNACK MILLIGAN, AB ’73, MBA ’75, and JOHN H. SCULLY, MBA ’68, will each receive a 2013 Gold Spike Award, the university’s highest honor for volunteer service, at an April 13 campus dinner held in their honor.

The award is presented annually by Stanford Associates, an honorary organization of more than 2,200 Stanford alumni who have demonstrated significant and long-standing volunteer service to the university.

“Gretchen Milligan is a unique leader who combines strategic thinking, collaboration and action with a wonderful sense of humor,” Stanford Associates said in its announcement.

“The scope of her volunteer record is remarkable, and the breadth of projects she’s led, positions she’s held and activities she’s overseen has given her a deep understanding and rare perspective of the university. One need not look far to see the impact that Gretchen’s volunteerism has had throughout the Stanford community.”

Milligan is the only alum to have served on all three of the senior boards and committees of the Stanford Alumni Association: the Board of Directors, the Stanford Associates Board of Governors and the Alumni Committee on Trustee Nominations.

She also has served on three senior boards and committees of the Graduate School of Business: the Stanford Business School Alumni Association, the Stanford Business School Trust and the Graduate School of Business Advisory Council.

John Scully

Milligan also served on the Los Angeles and Santa Barbara major gifts committees for the Campaign for Undergraduate Education and The Stanford Challenge.

Currently, Milligan is serving a four-year term on the Bing Overseas Studies Council, the Graduate School of Business Advisory Council and the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences Advisory Council.

“Education has been the main theme of John Scully’s far-reaching volunteer life, whether tutoring sixth graders as an undergraduate, founding a nonprofit that provides mentoring and college guidance to low-income youth, or sharing his expertise and leadership across the Stanford campus,” the Stanford Associates announcement said.

“In the course of a volunteer record that spans three decades, he has left his mark on a number of Stanford institutions while tapping into his innate entrepreneurial spirit and adhering to his philosophy to ‘live a life that matters.’”

Scully, who is the vice chair of the board of directors of Stanford Hospital & Clinics, has served on the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Board of Directors and on the Stanford Board of Trustees (2000-2010), including four years as vice chair. Currently, Scully is a member of the Dean’s Executive Council for the Stanford Medical School development committee.

At the Graduate School of Business, Scully has served on the school’s advisory board and as a trustee with the Graduate School of Business Trust. He also chaired the committee that organized the celebration of the school’s 75th anniversary in 2000. In 2002, the school gave Scully its highest honor, the Ernest C. Arbuckle Award, which recognizes excellence in management leadership.

Scully and his wife, Regina, have generously supported stem cell research at the School of Medicine and Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

BY KATHLEEN J. SULLIVAN