June 17, 2024

UMW mourns loss of Priscilla Sullivan

To the Mary Washington Community:  

With sadness, I write to inform you about the death of Priscilla Kay Sullivan, a long-time employee and friend of so many at Mary Washington.  

Priscilla grew up across the street from Mary Washington College on Seacobeck Street. MWC/UMW was always part of her life, and she was a part of so much of the history of our institution. She started working here in 1988 and served for over 30 years in a variety of capacities. She managed and helped pioneer satellite classes with Virginia Tech and ODU when Graduate and Professional Studies operated out of the Seacobeck Hall basement in the 1980s, and she helped open the Stafford Campus. Priscilla oversaw campus collections for school supplies and food at the holidays for those who needed it, and she volunteered in the community. She also worked in Student Affairs, was active from the beginning of the Staff Advisory Council, and managed Mary Washington’s National Test Center.  

Most recently, she served in the Events office where she managed Family Weekend, Graduate Commencement, and an array of ground-breaking and ribbon-cutting ceremonies. At these times of joy for the University community, Priscilla made sure that we could all celebrate our successes.  

Her attention to detail was legendary and her razor-sharp wit and smile will be sorely missed at UMW.  

We extend our sympathies to her family and numerous friends. Arrangements for visitation with her family on Sunday, July 21, and designation for donations may be found at: https://www.covenantfuneralservice.com/tributes/Priscilla-Sullivan. 


Troy Paino