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Lipscomb University President Steve Flatt (left) and Randy Becton, Lipscomb University's Alumnus of the Year, who is also an ACU grad.

ACU grads honored at Lipscomb

For immediate release
Feb. 12, 2003

Two Abilene Christian University graduates were honored Saturday, Feb. 8, at Lipscomb University during Homecoming festivities.

Randy Becton, who earned his bachelor's degree from Lipscomb in 1966 and a master of science degree from ACU, was honored as Alumnus of the Year.

David A. Sampson, U.S. assistant secretary of commerce for economic development, was honored by Lipscomb's College of Arts and Humanities as its Distinguished Alumnus for 2003. Sampson earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Lipscomb in 1978 and a doctor of divinity from ACU in 1990.

Becton, who is director of U.S. Programming for Herald of Truth in Abilene, grew up in Nashville. He played baseball and basketball at David Lipscomb High School and attended Lipscomb University on a basketball scholarship.

"Lipscomb is proud to claim Randy Becton as one its most distinguished alumni. His track record in service to the church is exemplary. His influence for good has been felt worldwide, and it is appropriate that he be chosen as our Alumnus of the Year," said Lipscomb President Stephen F. Flatt.

Becton served as an elder at Highland Church of Christ in Abilene for 18 years. He is the author of 15 books and is working on another book on initiating spiritual conversations with people. Becton, who began his work at Herald of Truth in 1969, is editor of UpReach magazine and host of the television program, Hope for Life's Journey. He is involved in a new radio project, "His Word for His World," which is broadcast into 17 countries. Becton is also one of the most popular speakers at Lipscomb's annual Collins Summer Lectures programs.

Sampson was chosen because of his "fine example of how our alumni actively participate in changing our world for the better," said Dr. Valery Prill, dean of the College of Arts and Humanities.

"I am personally very impressed with his commitment to helping create jobs in what he refers to as 'vulnerable communities' through the Economic Development Administration," Prill said.

Sampson was appointed to his current position by President George W. Bush in 2001 and serves as the principal advisor to Commerce Secretary Evans on domestic economic development policy. His primary responsibilities include policy development; establishing funding priorities; defining grant investment policy guidelines; and directing the Economic Development Agency (EDA) headquarters operation and the agency's six regional offices.

In addition to these duties, Sampson coordinates the Department's efforts in support of New York City's long-term economic revitalization, resulting from the September 11 terrorist attacks and also serves on the Office of Homeland Security Economic Consequences Policy Coordinating Committee.

Sampson served as president and chief executive officer of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce from 1995-2001. He also served a chair of the Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness and as vice chair of the Texas Strategic Economic Development Planning Commission.

In addition to his bachelor's degree from Lipscomb and D.Min. from ACU, Sampson holds the master of divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.


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