Throughout its 125-plus year history, Lipscomb Academy has graduated thousands of students who have left their mark not only on campus but around the world. In order to show appreciation for the many great successes of graduates, Lipscomb Academy welcomed five alumni back to campus as inaugural Mustang Alumni Award honorees.
These five graduates spanned more than 40 years of Lipscomb Academy history, with each now engaged in a variety of career fields from law and academia to medicine. During a recent brunch at the school, each graduate was presented with the Mustang Alumni Award and a biography was shared highlighting their many success both as students and graduates. We’ve included each biography in detail below.
Lipscomb Academy is excited to continue the Mustang Alumni Awards, which will be held each fall and spring.
Dr. James Lee McDonough, Class of 1952
Beth Tallent Sheridan, Class of 1989
Dr. Timothy Malone, Class of 1990
Natalie M. Spradlin, MD, Class of 1995
Jonathan David Shaub, Class of 1999
Dr. James Lee McDonough
Dr. McDonough attended David Lipscomb Campus School from 1st-12th grade graduating in the Class of 1952. After graduation, he attended Lipscomb University, received his masters from Abilene Christian University, spent two years in the School of Divinity at Vanderbilt and received his Ph.D. in History from Florida State University. He returned to teach at Lipscomb University from 1965-1985. In that time he also coached the High School tennis team to two state championships. After leaving Lipscomb he taught at Pepperdine University and retired from teaching at Auburn University, where he remains a Professor Emeritus. He is nationally known as a scholar and author on Civil War History and has taught many classes, written many books, and given many lectures on the topic. Among his books are William Tecumseh Sherman, In the Service of My Country, a Life - Shiloh--In Hell Before Night - Five Tragic Hours; The Battle of Franklin - Chattanooga: A Death Grip on the Confederacy
His advice to future alumni was this "Make the most of every opportunity, you will never get a chance to relive these years. You will have fewer regrets in life if you always try to do your best”
Beth Talent Sheridan
Beth attended David Lipscomb Campus School from 1976 to 1989 where she was a standout athlete. She was a three-time TSSAA cross country state champion and before graduating would hold 8 TSSAA Individual championships in track and cross country. Additionally, Beth was a starting guard on the state championship basketball team in 1986 and Female Athlete of the Year for Lipscomb High School. Beth received many recognitions from the area as well, including being named Athlete of the Year by The Tennessean and Athlete of the Decade in Davidson Co. by The Tennessean. Upon graduating, she attended Vanderbilt receiving a Bachelor of Science and a Masters Degree in Education. While there she participated in cross country and both indoor and outdoor track. Beth set the Vanderbilt record in the Indoor 3000 meter run, the Indoor mile, and the outdoor 3000-meter run and was named an NCAA All-American.
Since receiving her degrees from Vanderbilt she has spent the last 20 years as a teacher and coach at Christ Presbyterian Academy.
Dr. Timothy Malone
Dr. Malone started at Lipscomb in 1985 and was a graduate of the class of 1990. After leaving Lipscomb he received his undergraduate degree from Middle Tennessee State University and his Masters and Doctoral degrees from Trevecca University. Beginning his career in Social Services, working with children in state custody he developed a desire to provide therapeutic services that would truly impact the lives of children and their families. In 2001, he founded New Vision, Inc. New Vision is a social service non-profit in Nashville. New Vision (NVI) operates under the primary goal of reducing the number of children entering the state's custody. New Vision has grown to serve over 45 counties reaching over 450 children yearly. In 2010, He founded New Vision Academy, a public charter middle school (grades 5-8), to deliver a first-rate education to at-risk students who were attending failing public schools from southeast Nashville’s low-income, heavily immigrant-populated neighborhoods. New Vision Academy has been recognized as a Reward School by the state of Tennessee in 2012, 2014 and 2015 and was the only charter school in Nashville to receive this honor in 2012. In 2015 New Vision Academy was the top performing middle school in the state of Tennessee. New Vision Academy is also currently ranked among the top 5 percent of high performing middle schools in Nashville. As the leader of New Vision Academy, he continues to implement best practices while providing the services offered by New Vision, Inc.
My time at Lipscomb shaped me in many ways...going to chapel every day help me learn to the importance of spending time with God daily. My Lipscomb experience instilled in me the confidence that I could achieve anything that I put my mind to. Lipscomb also taught me to be a well-rounded individual Spiritually, Academically and Socially”
Dr. Natalie Spradlin
Dr. Spradlin attended David Lipscomb Campus School from 1st-12 grade graduating in 1995.Upon graduation, she attended Lipscomb University where she majored in English with a minor in German spend time studying abroad in Vienna, Austria. She then taught one year at the Campus School and then entered Medical School at UT Memphis and graduated from Vanderbilt Medical school in 2005. She now works as an Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Hematology, and Oncology with Vanderbilt Medical Center & the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center.
Telling current students is this “Use the time in a secure, encouraging environment to learn who YOU are, why YOU matter, what YOU like & don’t like, and how you can contribute in a meaningful way to this world and love others as we are loved unconditionally…...tap into the resources of your mentors & coaches to be challenged and stretched. The pain of hard work gains so much more in growth, maturity, perspective, humility, & character. And finally to seek diversity and new faces, places, and cultures. It’s a big world out there and much of it is beautiful and inspiring and God is there. Never forget you are God’s child and He is with you.”
Jonathan David Shaub
Jonathan started at Lipscomb in 1991 and graduated in 1999. After scoring a perfect score on the SAT, he received a BA in Philosophy and Religious Studies with minors in English and Astronomy at Vanderbilt while playing football there. He then went and spent a year working with a non-profit library and church ministry in the Ukraine. From there, he went on to receive his Master’s in English from Belmont University, then on to Northwestern University School of Law where he finished first in his class. Schaub's career began as a law clerk with the US Court of Appeals, working in the United States Department of Justice where he provided legal advice to the White House and Executive Branch by reviewing Executive Orders and writing opinions. Currently, Jonathan is the Assistant Solicitor General for the State of Tennessee.
To current students, Shaub suggests “Stop thinking, complaining, and worrying about things that go wrong in life or plans that do not go according to your design. Things will go wrong, sometimes very wrong, and life will almost certainly bring you or someone you love pain at some point. You can focus on those things, and they will consume you. Or you can choose to acknowledge them but concentrate your focus on what is good and right in your life and the world”