Christian Brothers University (CBU) will honor Susan Horn Spencer as the 2013 Distinguished Alumna and Joshua Shipley as the Distinguished Young Alumnus at its 2nd Annual Bell Tower Gala on Saturday, November 9.
The Distinguished Alumnus Award, CBU’s highest award, was established in 1974 and recognizes an alumnus who graduated with a bachelor’s or master’s degree and is 35 years or older. The Distinguished Young Alumnus Award was established in 1988 and recognizes an alumnus who graduated with a bachelor’s or master’s degree and is 35 years old or younger. These awards are given to CBU graduates who have achieved a notable level of success in life, made significant contributions to their profession, supported the efforts of CBU, and contributed to society through public service and/or church activities.
Susan Horn Spencer (’83) currently serves as Mission Manager in the Technology Demonstration Missions Program Office at NASA’s George C. Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). Spencer joined MSFC in 1989 as lead systems engineer for the development and first flight of the Lightweight Multi-purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier and senior structural analyst in the Advanced Concepts Group and the Preliminary Design Office.
Spencer has held numerous positions at MSFC including deputy project manager for Technology Flight Demonstrations and experiments lead for the Hypersonic Technology Experiment Project under the Next Generation Launch Technology Program; deputy manager for the Automated Rendezvous and Docking Projects; deputy project manager for the NASA Orbital Express Project; and project manager for the International Space Station SERVIR Environmental Research and Visualization (ISERV) System which currently provides image scenes of Earth’s surface to address environmental issues and disasters in support of the SERVIR Program while simultaneously, serving as project manager for the Window Observational Research Facility (WORF) rack.
Spencer has been honored with the NASA Silver Snoopy Award, Space Flight Awareness Award, and NASA Silver Achievement Medal. Prior to MSFC, she worked at Teledyne Brown Engineering and Tennessee Valley Authority Bellefonte Nuclear Plant.
Spencer graduated from Christian Brothers University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. She plays the French horn with the Madison Community Band and is active at Trinity Baptist Church, serving in the handbell choir, serving on various church committees, and participating in foreign mission trips to Chile and the Dominican Republic.
Joshua Shipley (’01) has served as Vice President of Commercial Lending at Independent Bank since June 2007. In this role, Shipley manages a loan portfolio of over $26 million and $40 million in deposits while also assisting in the analyst training efforts of the bank.
Previously, Shipley was a Commercial Lender at BancorpSouth, focusing on Memphis-based companies with revenues in excess of $10 million. He began his career with National Bank of Commerce as a Credit Analyst in the Metropolitan Lending Division and advanced to Assistant Vice President in the Small Business Lending Division.
Shipley received a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Christian Brothers University. In 2006, he joined the CBU National Alumni Board (NAB) and became president in 2007 subsequently joining the CBU Board of Trustees as an alumni representative. He currently serves as immediate Past President and continues to work on the Board of Trustees as Chair of the Student Life Committee.
In addition, Shipley is active in the Memphis community as a member of the Shelby County Historic Commission, graduate of the New Memphis Institute Fellows Program and the Barret School of Banking, and a former member of the Phoenix Club and the Barret School of Banking Board of Regents.
These awards will be presented to the recipients, along with the Dozier Award honoring Brother Terence McLaughlin, FSC on Saturday, November 9 at The Hilton Memphis at 6:00 p.m. To learn more about sponsorship and tickets for the 2nd Annual Bell Tower Gala, contact Karen Viotti at firstname.lastname@example.org or (901) 321-3254. All proceeds from the Bell Tower Gala will support the exceptional academic programs and scholarships at CBU.