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Nov. 7, 2013

Birmingham-Southern College honors "Distinguished Alumni"

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern College recognized five outstanding graduates as Distinguished Alumni during a ceremony and luncheon at its annual Homecoming/Reunion Weekend, held Nov. 1-2 on campus.

Receiving the 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award were:

  • Rev. Ulysses "Skip" Bennett of Arlington, Texas, a 1967 BSC business graduate and the founder of Bennett Financial. Bennett received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and has also served in posts for the Internal Revenue Service, General Mills, and Mobil Corp. He is the first African-American graduate of the college.

  • Senator J.T. "Jabo" Waggoner of Birmingham, a 1960 BSC business graduate who represents Jefferson and Shelby counties' 16th district in Alabama. Waggoner, who earned his law degree from the Birmingham School of Law, began his political career in the Alabama House of Representatives, where he served for 17 years. He was inducted into the BSC Sports Hall of Fame (basketball) in 2007.

  • Dr. H. Newton Malony of Eugene, Ore., a 1952 BSC English graduate and a retired senior professor of psychology in Fuller Seminary's School of Psychology. Malony holds a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School and a Ph.D. from George Peabody College. He also is a licensed psychologist, scholar, author, and an ordained United Methodist minister.

Receiving the Outstanding Young Alumni Award were:

  • Craig Langford of Washington, D.C., a 2000 BSC international business and finance graduate and advisor to AARP's executive vice president, who oversees the organization's social mission operation—including advocacy, education, and volunteerism. Langford began his career as a Mickey Leland-Bill Emerson fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center. He volunteers with Casey Trees, an organization dedicated to restoring, enhancing, and protecting the tree canopy of Washington, D.C.

  • Morgan Murphy of Birmingham, a 1994 BSC cum laude English graduate and best-selling author, food critic, and decorated naval officer. His most recent book Off the Eaten Path: Second Helpings (Time Inc., 2013) climbed to No. 4 on Amazon. Murphy holds an MBA from the University of Oxford.

Discinguished and Outstanding Young Alumni

About Birmingham-Southern College:

Birmingham-Southern College is a four-year, private liberal arts institution in Birmingham, Ala., founded in 1856 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It enrolls about 1,200 students from more than 30 states and 16 foreign countries. Learn more online at www.bsc.edu.