Cloud County Community College
Concordia campus, (800) 729-5101
Geary County campus, Junction City, (785) 238-8010

For Immediate Release
11/4/2016 8:01:40 AM
Contact: Brent Phillips 785-243-1435 ext 244
Author: Jessica LeDuc

Sutton named Cook Legacy Award recipient

Susan Sutton, retired Cloud County Community College instructor, has been named the 2016 Marian D. Cook Legacy Award recipient. She will receive the award on Thursday, Nov. 17 prior to Tim Riley’s cook Series presentation of “John Lennon – The Man, The Myth, The Music,” in Cook Theatre on the Concordia campus.


The award was established in 2011 to recognize outstanding achievement in supporting the arts, culture and education in the area. For 50 years, Sutton has been a driving force for the arts and humanities in Concordia.


Sutton founded the Brown Grand Players community theatre in 1967. In the 1970’s and 80’s, she worked for the Brown Grand Theatre’s restoration and placement on the National Historical Register and was elected to its first board of directors, serving many years as president.

In 2002, she spearheaded the relocation of the Orphan Train Heritage Society of America to Concordia. Under her direction, the National Orphan Train Complex was established and the Morgan-Dowell Research Center was built for Orphan Train research. Sutton also serves on the Camp Concordia Preservation Society, a WWII Prisoner of War site.

As a theatre instructor at Cloud, Sutton and students co-wrote “The Chosen,” a play based on interviews of Orphan Train riders and descendants. The play was performed for several years, including a performance in New York City in 2005.

Sutton helped establish the Charles and Marian D. Cook Series, now in its 25th year. She also served multiple terms on the Kansas Humanities Council. In 2013, the governor named her a member of the Kansas Native Sons and Daughters.

There will be a reception in the library at Cloud County Community College following the Riley presentation to honor Sutton. 

Susan Sutton, 2016 Cook Legacy Award Recipient

photo by CCCC Marketing

Susan Sutton, 2016 Cook Legacy Award Recipient

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