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SBU to award honorary doctorates April 17

Southwest Baptist University News Release
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SBU to award honorary doctorates April 17

BOLIVAR, Mo.Southwest Baptist University’s First Lady, Judy Taylor, and an SBU graduate who is a licensed psychologist and assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Jeffrey Brown, will receive honorary doctorates from SBU during the Founders’ Day chapel at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, in Pike Auditorium. The chapel service also will include a musical performance by Charles Graham, an SBU alumnus who received an honorary doctorate from the University in 2007.

Judith C. Taylor

Judy Taylor has been first lady of Southwest Baptist University for 17 years. She and her husband, Pat, were selected by the SBU Board of Trustees to lead the University in 1996. Judy has worked for the University as SBU’s first lady, which includes a variety of roles. When she isn’t assisting with the beautification of the campus or some other SBU project, she is ministering to someone on campus or in the Bolivar community who has a need.

She has taught English as a second language in China, Hungary, Brazil and Russia. Since 1991, she has traveled overseas eight times to teach English. In addition, she helped organize an English Institute in Brazil in 2000. Numerous SBU students have benefited from Judy’s mentoring and expertise. She has devoted her life to teaching and service to others.

Judy received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Tennessee at Martin in 1968 and a master’s degree in elementary counseling at Western Kentucky State University in 1971.

Judy and Pat have two daughters: Marijo Gronewold, and her husband, Tom, who live in Illinois where they are special agents for Homeland Security criminal investigations; and Charla Austermann and her husband, Adam, who live in St. Louis with their two sons, Drew and Luke. Drs. Adam and Charla Austermann are SBU graduates and work as physical therapists.

"I am just very honored that the trustees and faculty agreed to give me this honor,” Judy said. “I’m very excited to be called Dr. Judy.”

Dr. Jeffrey Brown

Dr. Brown is an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, specializing in cognitive-behavioral psychology.
Outside of his private practice, Dr. Brown is the psychologist for the Boston Marathon medical team and is on Runner’s World magazine’s scientific advisory board. His psychology expertise has been cited by national publications and TV news reports, and he has written two books, one of them co-authored.

Dr. Brown received a bachelor of science in psychology and sociology in 1992 from SBU, a master of science in psychology in 1994 from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, and a doctor of psychology of clinical psychology from Forest Institute in Springfield in 1997. He and his wife, Carolynne, also a graduate of Southwest Baptist University, live in Massachusetts with their son, Grant.

“Receiving an honorary doctorate from Southwest is humbling and incredibly meaningful,” said Dr. Brown, who grew up in Lebanon. “It’s a special time for reflecting on the solid life foundation God has given me through devoted family, loyal friends and a Christ-centered University that will always feel like home. To God alone be the glory for this honor, for it’s through Him that great things are being done in each of our lives.”
The Founders’ Day chapel is open to the entire community, including retired University faculty and staff. For more information, call Paula Livingston at (417) 328-1807.

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