Betty Sue Craven Beebe ’61 was named the 2016 Distinguished Alumna in April by the UMHB Alumni Association. The award recognizes graduates who have distinguished themselves in their professions, vocations, or communities, and whose achievements have brought credit and honor to Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Betty Sue received her bachelor’s degree in home economics from UMHB, and she holds a master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She returned to UMHB in 1981 to serve as Director of Alumni Relations for 21 years. In 2002, she began a seven-year stint as Director of Alumni Development, and currently, she serves as part-time curator of the UMHB Museum. She is regarded by many as the resident expert in UMHB history and traditions.
“Betty Sue has faithfully served UMHB as a student, a full-time staff member caring for alumni for 28 years, and a part-time employee as museum curator,” said director of alumni relations Dr. Brandon Skaggs. “She is a vital part of the university, and she has tremendous knowledge of UMHB history. Betty Sue has influenced so many lives, and countless alumni come back to campus and stop to visit with her because of the impact she has made on their lives. She has, and continues to be, an advocate and champion for UMHB wherever she goes.”