NORMAL — In his nearly 25 years of teaching at Illinois State University, Sol Shulman influenced countless students. But his lessons extended beyond the classroom to a young construction superintendent who became leader of a nationwide company.
“Sol Shulman taught me what it means to be a servant-leader,” Jim Jacobs, CEO of CORE Construction, said last week as he sat in the Sol Shulman Atrium of the ISU Science Lab Building that he helped build in the mid-1990s.
Jacobs was the project’s superintendent and Shulman was the university’s representative, with whom Jacobs had regular contact.
Shulman was there every day the workers were there, watching over the complex project. A May 26, 1996, article in The Pantagraph referred to Shulman as “ISU’s most benevolent watchdog.”
Relationships on construction projects can involve people who are demanding and forceful, but Shulman wasn’t like that, recalled Jacobs.
“He wanted to know what he could do to help,” said Jacobs, who was back on campus to check the progress of the Bone Student Center revitalization project, for which CORE Construction is the general contractor.
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