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ACU to honor U.S. district clerk as Young Alumnus of the Year

For immediate release
Oct. 22, 2003

Abilene Christian University’s Alumni Association will present its Young Alumnus of the Year Award to Karen (Sublett) Mitchell, class of 1986, during Homecoming Chapel, Saturday, Oct. 25 in Moody Coliseum. A reception will follow in the Living Room of the Campus Center.

The Young Alumnus of the Year Award is presented annually to an alumnus under 40 to recognize professional achievements and service to the university.

Mitchell received a bachelor’s degree in government from ACU and was valedictorian of her class.  She also holds a law degree from Baylor University and was appointed the youngest acting U.S. District Clerk in June 2000.  She is one of only 12 females among 94 U.S. District Clerks.

In January 2001, she was appointed the 10th U.S. District Clerk for the Northern District of Texas after serving as acting clerk for six months.  The Clerk of the Court for the Northern District of Texas is the Chief Operating Officer for the district court and has seven divisional offices serving 100 counties, a staff of 110, and a budget of approximately $8.5 million. 

Mitchell also recently established the Pat & Joann Sublett Government Leadership Endowed Scholarship at ACU.

“Karen represents an energetic commitment to the historic values of this university,” said Barbara Hejl, director of stewardship programs at ACU.  “She is a dedicated mother and wife, a faithful Christian, a Christian leader in the legal community and a respectful daughter and loyal alumnus who recently chose to establish a scholarship at her alma mater because of the wonderful job ACU did to prepare her for graduate school and her profession to follow.  Karen personifies the mission of ACU.”

Mitchell was the 2003 Chairperson for the Dallas Local Federal Coordinating Committee for the Combined Federal Campaign (the annual charitable fund-raising drive for all federal employees), is a member of the Greater Metropolitan Dallas United Way Campaign Cabinet, volunteer for the Federal Executive Board Toy and Gift Drive and Salvation Army Angel Tree and participant in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Race for the Cure.

While at ACU, Mitchell participated in Alpha Chi honor society, W Club, Women’s Christian Service, Meals on Wheels and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities.


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, university news coordinator.

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