Going back to the early years of Toward Community (mid-1990s), Tom Scullen has been a passionate advocate for diversity issues. I remember sitting on a committee with him to try to get the Appleton Public Schools to do more to honor Martin Luther King's legacy on the King Holiday. He coordinated a plan that year (I believe it was 1996), to have each school in the district play an excerpt from one of King's speeches.
He has championed the district's position that diversity is an asset and he has worked hard to put systems in place to produce a high rate of minority student achievement in the district.
Tom Scullen was a great man and he will truly be missed.
from the Post-Crescent, June 2 by Kathy Walsh Nufer:
Scullen's work for diversity ran deep: School leader had firm passion for social issues
(above: Post Crescent photo by Mike De Sisti)