The Tipton Award is given to honor an outstanding service contribution to Park University by a Park alumnus. It is named to honor a couple who had been a part of the Park family since the mid 1920’s. Bill and Mary Lou Tipton were both 1928 Park University graduates. Bill had a distinguished career and served as a vice president of the national Conference of Christians and Jews. For several years, he worked for Park, much of it gratis, in alumni and public relations efforts. Bill received a Distinguished Alumnus award and an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Park. He served Park as President of the Alumni Association and a member of the Park Board of Trustees. Mary Lou, who had a Masters of Library Science, was a vital part of the Friends of the Park University Library. She was active in the Park Alumni Association and served for many years as the class agent for the class of 1928. She was, several years, editor of the Record, a quarterly historical publication going to all Park Alumni. She, like her husband, was a recipient of the Distinguished Alumna Award. Both Bill and Mary Lou had also been active in church and civic programs. They have two children, one a Park graduate. The Park University Student Association is proud to sponsor this award in the name of Bill and Mary Lou Tipton.