2013 Alumni Awards

2013 Outsdatnding Alumnus of the year: David Bynum ('84)

Outstanding Alumnus of the Year 

The ACU Alumni Advisory Board is pleased to name Cmdr. David Bynum ('84) the university's 2013 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.

Bynum, a native of San Saba, Texas, is a chaplain in the U.S. Navy, which he has served for 18 years. He currently is a student at the National War College in Washington, D.C., and is slated to be promoted to captain in the coming year. His most recent assignment was in Kabul, Afghanistan, where he served as deputy command chaplain for U.S. forces there for nearly 11 months.

Before entering the Navy, Bynum ministered to churches in Waco and Hearne and earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from ACU. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have been married 28 years and have two children – Rebekah ('11), now a graduate student at Wesleyan University, and Micah, an ACU freshman.

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2013 Young Alumnus
of the Year:
Dr. A. Marcus
Nelson ('94)

Young Alumnus of the Year

The Alumni Advisory Board is pleased to name Dr. A. Marcus Nelson ('94) the university's 2013 Young Alumnus of the Year.

Nelson is superintendent of the Laredo Independent School District, which serves more than 25,000 students on 32 campuses in South Texas. Over the course of his career, Nelson has served as a teacher in elementary and high school and an administrator in middle and high school. Before moving to Laredo, Nelson was chief academic officer and second-in-command at the Judson Independent School District, near San Antonio.

In 2011, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) awarded Nelson with the Tejano Achiever Award for his extraordinary community service. A graduate of ACU's Department of Teacher Education, he was given that program's Grover C. Morlan Award in 2009 as an alumnus who has made "significant contributions" in the field of education.

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Distinguished Alumni Citations

The ACU Alumni Advisory Board each year selects a handful of distinguished alumni to whom honor is due. The Distinguished Alumni Citation recognizes those whose personal and professional achievements have merited the honor and praise of peers and colleagues.

Chad Baker ('99)
Vice president and regional director, Jones Lang LaSalle, Houston

Chad Baker now holds a Champion of Excellence award from
the company that employs him and a Distinguished Alumni Citation
from the university that awarded him his bachelor’s degree.
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Rob Thomas ('96)
Founder and president, Igniter Media, Dallas

You may not have heard of ACU alumnus Rob Thomas (’96), but if
you’ve spent much time online in the past five years, the chances
are good you’ve seen his work.
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Shannon (McKnight '92) Wilburn
Cofounder and CEO, Just Between Friends, Tulsa, Okla.

Shannon Wilburn has grown Just Between Friends from a single
consignment sale in a 400-square-foot living room to a company
with $25 million in sales across 130 franchises in 25 states,
serving more than 400,000 customers.
Read more 
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