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Citadel News Service
11 Mar 2014

William “Bill” Sansom selected to receive prestigious Krause Center Award

Citadel class of 1964 graduate recognized for Distinguished Service, Leadership, and Ethics

CHARLESTON, S.C.− A man who has played a major role in The Citadel's history; who has dedicated countless hours toward supporting the school; and who continues to lead and serve, is being honored as the recipient of one of the college's most prestigious awards. William B. Sansom, Class of 1964, has been selected to receive the 2014 Krause Center Award for Distinguished Service, Leadership, and Ethics.

The award is presented annually to a Citadel graduate who exemplifies the highest ideals of leadership through integrity and service to others. Sansom was nominated by The Citadel Foundation for exactly that.

Sansom, who is from Knoxville, Tenn., enlisted in the Marine Corps after high school, then attended The Citadel, earning a degree in Civil Engineering. He worked as an engineer, became President of American Limestone Company, then held two high ranking positions with state government in Tennessee before becoming Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The H.T. Hackney Company in 1983.

Throughout the years, Sansom has served The Citadel in key volunteer leadership roles including Chairman of The Citadel Foundation and The Citadel Trust, as well as a member of The Citadel Advisory, Trust, and Alumni Boards. He was Regimental Commander and Commander of The Summerall Guards while attending The Citadel.

"In addition to the dedication and leadership shown to his alma matter and to his profession, Bill has been active as a leader in many civic enterprises and has held more than 10 board positions. And, he's accomplished all of this while demonstrating an inspiring commitment to his family," said Bill Krause, Class of 1963, and the namesake for the Krause Center.

Currently, he is serving as Chairman of The Tennessee Valley Authority, the nation's largest public power corporation, in addition to his role as Chief Executive Officer of The H.T. Hackney Company.

A selection committee comprised of nine members representing departments and councils from across The Citadel community participated in the selection process. To be considered, a nominee must be a graduate of The Citadel who:

• Exhibits The Citadel's Core Values of Honor, Duty and Respect in their private and professional life

• Embodies the values and ethical character of a Principled Leader

• Exemplifies service before self in actions and deeds (profession, career, community service)

• Serves as a role model in their professional and personal endeavors

Bill Krause, will present the award to Sansom at the Annual Krause Center Awards Banquet on March 14, 2014, at the Holliday Alumni Center. The banquet is the closing event for the 7th Annual Principled Leadership Symposium which is sponsored by the Krause Center.