2013 Awardees

Distinguished Alumni Recipients 2013

Mr. Ulysses “Skip” Bennett ‘67

Bennett received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from BSC and his MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.  He has served in posts for the Internal Revenue Service, General Mills, and at Mobil Corporation, where he was vice president of finance and CFO of its then-Signature Group in Chicago.  He also worked briefly as an insurance agent and planner for Connecticut General and New England Financial before starting Bennett Financial in 1985 in Arlington, Texas.  He was the first African American graduate of Birmingham-Southern College.

Dr. H. Newton Malony ‘52

Maloney is Senior Professor of Psychology in Fuller Seminary’s School of Psychology.  He has a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University and a PhD from George Peabody College.  He is a scholar and author of several books in his field.  He is also a licensed psychologist and an ordained United Methodist minister, with professional involvement in many professional associations.  His areas of specific expertise include:  transactional analysis, clinical psychology, psychology of religion, integration of psychology and theology, and religious tolerance.

Senator J.T. “Jabo” Waggoner ‘60

Waggoner currently serves in the Alabama State Senate and represents Jefferson and Shelby counties’ 16th district.  He has the longest record of service of any legislator from Jefferson County in Alabama history.  He received his B.A. degree from BSC and his law degree from the Birmingham School of Law.  His career began in the Alabama House of Representatives where he served for 17 years.  He has served in many roles on state congressional committees and for the Republican Party.  He has won numerous community and professional awards for his outstanding service and serves on a number of boards and professional society committees.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award Recipients 2013

Craig Langford ‘00

Langford serves as Senior Advisor to AARP’s Executive Vice President who oversees the organization’s social mission operation—including government relations and advocacy, education and volunteerism.  AARP, a nonprofit with a membership of more than 37 million Americans, works to strengthen communities and advocates for issues such as healthcare, job security and retirement planning.  Langford came to AARP from the Home Depot Corporation, where he helped pioneer a strategy to partner with national nonprofit and governmental organizations to create talent pipelines for more than 1,700 retail stores.  He began his career as a Mickey-Leland Bill Emerson fellow with the Congressional Hunger Center.  He received his B.S. from Birmingham-Southern in Business and Finance.

Morgan Murphy ‘94

Murphy is a best-selling author, food critic, and decorate naval officer. "America's funniest food critic" has appeared on the TODAY Show, Fox & Friends, CNN, Sirius/XM, Food Talk, Car Talk, NPR, and the Speed Channel. He served as the travel editor, food critic, and national spokesperson for Southern Living. He then joined Forbes, where he covered many of America's best-known entrepreneurs. As a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Navy, he has served on four continents and has many military decorations. He has an MBA from the University of Oxford, is a member of Exeter College, and was elected by the university as the MBA of the Year. He is a cum laude graduate of BSC where he majored in English.

Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Awards are the highest recognition granted by the National Alumni Association. All alumni of Birmingham-Southern College, except former recipients of the award or recipients of honorary degrees, are eligible. Each spring, two to three awards, are presented at the Alumni Awards Luncheon during Reunion Weekend. (Click here for listing of former recipients.)

Any member of the Alumni Association may submit nominations. Those wishing to make nominations should submit complete biographical information, which includes the nominee's name, address, telephone number, and data that responds to the four primary areas of qualification:

  1. Interest in Birmingham-Southern College and its programs and promotion. Support may include the guidance of students to the college, involvement in volunteer programs and services of the college, and contributions to the financial resources of the college.
  2. Community service and leadership that the nominee has made to his/her city, state or nation.
  3. Achievements in the nominee's chosen career, profession, or other life work.
  4. Any other contributions that reflect credit upon Birmingham-Southern College and the education that it provided to the nominee.

For a Distinguished Alumni Nomination Form, click here.

Please send nominations to:

Chair, Committee on Distinguished Alumni Awards
Birmingham-Southern College
Office of Alumni Affairs
900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, Alabama 35254

Deadline for Nominations - Friday, Apri 15, 2011.

Once nominated, a name will be considered for a total of three years. After that time, a nominee may be renominated.

A committee consisting of those who have received the Distinguished Alumni Award during the preceding 10 years serve on the selection committee.

Outstanding Young Alumni Award


The Outstanding Young Alumni Awards seek to recognize alumni whose achievements distinguish them from their peers in their professional and/or philanthropic careers. The awards, which began in 2004, are presented annually at the Alumni Awards Luncheon held during Reunion Weekend. (Click here for listing of former recipients.)

Qualifications for Consideration:

Candidates must

  • be nominated by a member of the Birmingham-Southern alumni, faculty, or staff;
  • be Birmingham-Southern College alumni who are 43 years old or less and who graduated no more than 20 years ago;
  • demonstrate an outstanding record of achievement in their professional and/or philanthropic careers; and
  • demonstrate a continuing loyalty, support, and/or advocacy for Birmingham-Southern College.

Two honorees are selected each year for the Outstanding Young Alumni Awards. In exceptional instances, three honorees may be named at the selection committee's discretion.

Selection Committee
The selection committee is appointed by the president of the alumni association from members of the alumni board and/or former recipients of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

For an Outstanding Young Alumni Nomination Form, click here.

Please send nominations to:

Birmingham-Southern College
Office of Alumni Affairs
BSC Box 549003
900 Arkadelphia Road
Birmingham, AL 35254