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Alumni Awards

Every year, The Lipscomb Alumni Association honors alumni who exemplify Lipscomb's values in both their personal and professional lives.

Lipscomb Honors

The Lipscomb Honors are the highest honor conferred upon our alumni and recognize the inspiring ways Lipscomb alumni are making a profound impact in the world.

The Lipscomb Honors Award was established in 2016 as part of Lipscomb's 125th anniversary commemoration. Each year this event highlights the unique ways alumni exemplify Lipscomb's mission and positively influence humankind far beyond the borders of Lipscomb's campus.

Lipscomb Honors Award Recipients

Previous Alumni Awards

Former awards presented by the Office of Alumni Relations include the Young Alumnus of the Year award, Alumnus of the Year award and a Distinguished Alumni award from each college. See key below for college abbreviations.

2014
Alumnus of the Year
David A. Sampson ('78)

2013
Alumnus of the Year
Jeff Whitehorn ('84)
Young Alumnus of the Year
David Clayton ('04 & '06)

2012
Alumnus of the Year
Beth Harwell ('78)

2011
Alumnus of the Year
Dr. Michael F. Adams ('70)
Young Alumnus of the Year
Patrick Chaffin ('96)

2010
Alumnus of the Year
Dr. Paul Jhin ('60)
Young Alumnus of the Year
Mitch Edgeworth ('95)
Distinguished Alumni
Randy Goodman ('77) - CAS
Dr. Jean Anderson ('75) - CAS
Dr. Jerry L. Sumney ('78) - CBM
Keith Dyer ('85) - COB
Scott Owens ('86) - COE
Bryan Thornton ('98) - RBJ

2009
Alumnus of the Year
Barry Stowe ('79)
Young Alumnus of the Year
Dr. Johnetta Blakely ('94)

2008
Young Alumnus of the Year
Michael Shane Neal ('91)

2006
Alumnus of the Year
Mary Nelle Hutcheson Chumley ('53)
Distinguished Alumni
Judy Leavell (’68) - CAS
Jerrie Barber (’67) - CBM
Ernie Hyne, II (’73) - COB
Bill Burton – (’70) - COE
Sara Reed Stinchcomb (’61) - CNAS

2005
Alumnus of the Year
Marty Roe ('84)
Distinguished Alumni
Beth Halteman Harwell (‘78) - CAS
Johnny Markham (’85) - CBM
Bob Sircy (’74) - COB
George Spain (’56) - COE
J. David Hardison (’76) - CNAS

2004
Alumnus of the Year
Dale Randolph ('64)
Distinguished Alumni
Lincoln Hanks (’91) - CAS
Clyde Miller (’48) - CBM
Ken Shumard (’65) - COB
Tom Ingram (’67) - COE
David Elrod (’77) - CNAS

2003
Alumnus of the Year
Randy Becton ('66)
Distinguished Alumni
David Sampson (’78) - CAS
John Murphree (’49) - CBM
Jeff Whitehorn (‘84) - COB
Sharon McLarty Dockins (’77) - COE
Jimmy Netterville (‘76) - CNAS

2002
Alumnus of the Year
Roger Church ('49)
Distinguished Alumni
David Ralston (‘62) - CAS
Philip Slate (’57) - CBM
Bruce Sullivan (’63) - COB
Steve Liddle (’82) - COE
Robert Pilkinton (’54) - CNAS

2001
Alumnus of the Year
Tom Trimble ('53)
Distinguished Alumni
Dennis Loyd (‘58) - CAS
Larry Cantrell (’91) - CBM
David Costello (‘64) - COB
Caroline Cross (’53) - COE
Oliver Yates (‘56) - CNAS

1999
Alumnus of the Year
Jim Jinkins ('75)
Distinguished Alumni
Phillip Sprayberry (’76) - CAS
Clarence Dailey (’48) - CBM
Karen Saul ('84) - COB
Junior High (’70) - COE
Tom Breakfield (’62) - CNAS

1998
Alumnus of the Year
William Ruhl ('59)
Distinguished Alumni
Larry Bumgardner (‘77) - CAS
Harvey Floyd ('53) - CBM
Gary Baker (’67) - COB
Harry Kellam (’68) - COE
Burton Elrod (’72) - CNAS

1997
Alumnus of the Year
John R. Pierce ('69)

1996
Alumnus of the Year
William S. Banowsky ('58)

1995
Alumnus of the Year
Craven Crowell ('65)

1994
Alumnus of the Year
Ronald Avron Hunter ('71)

1992
Alumnus of the Year
Janice Bingham ('67)

1991
Alumnus of the Year
Charles E. Chumley ('39)

1990
Alumnus of the Year
G. Willard Collins ('36)

1989
Alumnus of the Year
Floyd L. Moore, Sr. ('34)

1988
Alumnus of the Year
Ruby Eley Snell ('32)

1987
Alumnus of the Year
Robert G. Neil, Sr. ('29)

1986
Alumnus of the Year
Jerry Reynolds

1985
Alumnus of the Year
Jim Bill McInteer ('40)

1984
Alumnus of the Year
Howard A. White ('32)

1983
Alumnus of the Year
W.B. West

1982
Alumnus of the Year
Sam B. McFarland ('27)

1981
Alumnus of the Year
Robert Earl Forcum ('30)

1980
Alumnus of the Year
Ira L. North ('41)

Distinguished Alumni awards were given by each college, following this key:

  • CAS - College of Arts and Sciences (formerly the College of Arts and Humanities)
  • CBM - College of Bible and Ministry
  • COB - College of Business
  • COE - College of Education (formerly the College of Education and Professional Studies)
  • CNASformerly the College of Natural and Applied Sciences
  • RBJ - Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering