The Bush School congratulates Colonel Ronald D. Sullivan, Lecturer in the Department of Public Service and Administration, on his promotion to Brigadier General in the U.S. Army Reserve on October 1, 2021. Sullivan will serve in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps as Chief Judge of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals (IMA).
Sullivan said his promotion indicates recognition of his twenty-eight years in military service. “I’ve gained the confidence of not only my subordinates but the leaders who have watched me lead, practice law, and serve up to this point. They can trust me with leading in the next phase of my career and contributing positively to the Army mission,” said Sullivan.
Sullivan attended the University of Kansas School of Law and graduated with a juris doctorate in 1996. He also holds a master’s in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College and a bachelor’s in business administration from Howard University. To compliment years of legal practice experience in all aspects of government contract law, Sullivan has a record of success in first-chair litigation of over seventy criminal trials, including high-profile war crimes cases. He is licensed as an attorney in Texas and Kansas and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Formerly, Sullivan served as Staff Judge Advocate of the 37th Theater Sustainment Command.
Currently, he serves in a civilian capacity in the U.S. Army Futures Command’s legal office, where he is Chief of Acquisition, Personnel, and Ethics Law. In 2015, Bush School Professor William West recruited Sullivan to teach contract management, a critical component of the PSAA curriculum.
“I really like presenting something new and wrestling with it with students as they get over the hurdles of something that might have seemed very difficult and complex to start with. I love watching students when they see a challenging concept turn into small and simple building blocks,” said Sullivan. “I know that my course provides an additional tool in the toolkit for future public servant leaders. They also keep me on my toes!”