Outstanding Alumnus of the Year

This award honors timely recognition of lifetime achievement that brings honor to the university through personal and professional excellence and service to the university, church or community. Make a nomination.


The 2017 Outstanding Alumni of the Year are Dr. David (’82) and Laurie (Stallings ’81) Vanderpool.

Longtime medical volunteers during disasters and in third-world countries, the Vanderpools are the co-founders and chief executive officers of LiveBeyond, a faith-based humanitarian organization with its main operations in Thomazeau, Haiti. The work of LiveBeyond brings medical and maternal health care, clean water, education, community development and the Gospel to the oppressed.

Read more about the Vanderpools here.

Past recipients

2016: Dr. H. Jeff Kimble ('71)


2015: Elise (Smith '83) Mitchell 


2014: Rick Atchley ('78) 


2013: Cmdr. David Bynum ('84)


2012: Mike Calvert ('67) 

 

2010: John Bailey ('57) 

 

2009: U.S. Rep. Ted Poe ('70) 

 

2008: Lance Barrow ('77) 

 

2007: Chris Kyker ('46) 

 

2006: James Womack ('63) 

 

2005: Don W. Crisp ('64) 

 

2004: David Leeson ('78) 

 

2003: Max Lucado ('77) 

 

2002: Jack Scott ('54) 

 

2001: Wayne and Janice Massey ('66 and '68)

 

2000: Royce Caldwell ('61) 

 

1999: James Muns ('53) 

 

1998: Doug Smith ('60)

 

1997: Nancy Miller ('60)

 

1996: Ira Hill ('56)

 

1995: Wilson C. "Dub" Orr ('50) 

 

1994: Joe Ritchie ('59) 

 

1993: Robert J. Hall ('51)

 

1992: Ray Hansen ('53) 

 

1991: Randy Nicholson ('59)

 

1990: Robert J. "Jerry" Strader Sr. ('52)

 

1989: Mary Prudie Story Brown ('43)

 

1988: R. Gerald Turner ('68) 

 

1987: B. David Vanderpool ('52) 

 

1986: J. McDonald "Don" Williams ('63)

 

1985: Don C. Jackson ('53) 

 

1984: H. Lynn Packer ('50) 

 

1983: Malcolm E. "Mac" Pruitt ('37) 

 

1982: Winnie Jo Sosebee Crump ('50) 

 

1981: John Paul Gibson ('25) 

 

1980: Parker Henderson ('50) 

 

1979: G.W. "Bill" Knight ('55) 

 

1978: John W. Holton ('39) 

 

1977: A. Clifford Thornton Sr. ('35) 

 

1976: Ray McGlothlin Jr. ('49)  

1975: Chesley McDonald ('40) 

 

1974: Ira North ('43)

 

1973: A.E. Wells ('31)

 

1972: Rita Foster Stocking ('27)

 

1971: Burton Coffman ('27) 

 

1970: U.S. Rep. Omar Burleson ('28) 

 

1969: Reuel Lemmons ('35)

 

1968: Willard Paine ('48) 

 

1967: Orbin V. Melton ('41) 

 

1966: A.M. "Tonto" Coleman ('28) 

 

1965: Louie Welch ('40) 

 

1964: Jack Pope ('34) 

 

1963: Lee Powell ('33) 

 

1962: Leslie G. Huff ('30) 

 

1961: Batsell Barrett Baxter ('37) 

 

1960: Oliver Jackson ('42) 

 

1959: Dean Walling ('30)

 

1958: M. Norvel Young ('36)