A vice president of Pilot Corporation spoke to Freed-Hardeman University graduates May 11 at spring commencement exercises. Bill Mulligan, vice president of development, facilities and environmental compliance, advised graduates to accept and learn from their failures.
He also told graduates to be sure they are working on the right things. To do that himself, Mulligan said, each day he makes a list of the three or four most important things he needs to do and sets about accomplishing them.
He also said graduates should build relationships and leverage assets. Having the best people on a team can make a big difference, he said.
Finally, Mulligan said graduates should continue to trust in the Lord. Mulligan also told graduates, “I am envious of you today. You have received valuable religious instruction.”
The Faculty Scholarship-Leadership Medal was presented to Christopher Wright, Brentwood, Tenn. He graduated summa cum laude with majors in biochemistry and Bible/missions and a minor in Spanish. Awarded since 1938, the medal goes to the graduate who in the faculty’s estimation possesses to the highest degree these attributes: ability, quality of work, accuracy, love of knowledge and leadership.
The FHU Alumni Association hosted a reception for graduates and their families following the program.
Mulligan, Knoxville, is a member of the university’s board of trustees.