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Celebrating Mary Lou and John Barter

By Ashley Rains

Spring Hill College has had the honor of celebrating distinguished alumni Mary Lou ‘70 and John ’68 Barter twice during the past year. Most recently, they were presented with the Ernest T. Stewart Award, the highest accolade for Alumni Volunteer Involvement from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The Barters were honored in July at the annual CASE Summit for Leaders in Advancement conference in San Francisco.

Mary Lou and John Barter received the Ernest T. Stewart Award, the highest accolade for Alumni Volunteer Involvement from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).
Mary Lou and John Barter received the Ernest T. Stewart Award, the highest accolade for Alumni Volunteer Involvement from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

By Ashley Rains

The Barters were nominated by the College for their extraordinary service, having served as trustees, administrators and being Spring Hill’s most significant living donors. They carry a combined 28 years of service as members of the Spring Hill College Board of Trustees, with many of those years dedicated to leadership roles. John served as Chairman of the Board from 1998 to 2002, and Mary Lou has chaired the Advancement Committee and co-chaired the Presidential Search Committee.

During John’s acceptance speech, he stated, “The Beacon on The Hill, as we refer to it, has shone for more than 185 years, and it is our prayer that its future will be far longer than its past. While our involvement with Spring Hill has been but a moment in its long history, we hope that we have done something to ensure it will be here for the thousands of students yet to matriculate and to experience its incredible impact.”

In October 2016, Spring Hill College formally named the Student Center for Mary Lou and John Barter as a testimony of their stewardship. As a central location where students meet for fellowship, nourishment and service, it seemed most appropriate that this building should bear the names of two alumni who make those activities possible. They are central to the institutional identity of Spring Hill, and their legacy will be everlasting on campus.

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