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


The 2022 Lipscomb Alumni Awards luncheon will be held on Friday, Nov. 11 during Bisons Weekend. The awards luncheon is a "by-invitation-only" event.


Meet the 2022 Recipients


Alumnus of the Year: Pat Bethel (’72)

The Alumnus of the Year Award is presented on an annual basis and is the highest form of recognition given by Lipscomb University. The recipient should be “one singularly successful individual who, through exemplary accomplishments and recognition, and through his or her strong faith and servant-like heart, epitomizes the potential of a Lipscomb education and thereby brings credit and honor to the university.”

Pat Bethel - 2022 Alumnus of the YearPat Bethel, a 1972 Lipscomb graduate with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, taught mathematics at high schools in Alabama and Georgia before launching a career in the field of information technology in 1980. She served as a programmer at Norfolk Southern for seven years as a contract programmer analyst at Southern Company and for the state of Georgia.

In 1991, Bethel was appointed information technology manager at Federated Systems Group and in 1998 an information technology project manager at ING.

During her more than four decades in information technology, she has also worked for several other organizations including MetLife, Healthways, Gaylord Entertainment, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, People 2.0, Legal Shield and NTT Data Services.

The Opelika, Alabama, native founded the Lipscomb Black Alumni Council (LBAC) in November 2018 and in 2020 established the Stephanie Erin Bethel Endowed Memorial Scholarship at Lipscomb in memory of her late daughter, Stephanie, who graduated from Lipscomb in 2001. In addition, Bethel served on Lipscomb’s presidential search committee in 2021.

Young Alumnus of the Year: Sydney Ball (’12 & ’14)

The Young Alumnus of the Year Award is designed to recognize established and future leaders among Lipscomb’s young alumni. Alumni selected for this honor are recognized for their demonstrated leadership capability, a commitment to service of others and commitment to the mission of Lipscomb University.

Sydney Ball - 2022 Young Alumnus of the YearSydney Ball, vice president of business development, executive benefits at NFP in Franklin, Tennessee, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Lipscomb and was valedictorian of the December 2012 graduating class.

In 2014, Ball graduated from Lipscomb with a Master of Business Administration degree. Prior to her role at NFP, Ball served in various leadership roles at First Citizens National Bank for five years including regional business development manager, assistant vice president and business development officer. Ball serves on Lipscomb University’s College of Business Alumni Board, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County board, the Kirkland Cancer Center advisory board, Rocketown, and Orlando World Outreach Center.

In addition, she is a participant in the 2023 Class of Leadership Middle Tennessee, a graduate of Leadership Brentwood (Tennessee), is a 2021 Nashville Business Journal 40 Under 40 Winner and was awarded a 2019 Sterling Award for being one of the “20 Most Influential Women in West Tennessee.”



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