2011 Honored Alumni

Find out more about the Honored Alumni Awards program, including past winners, selection criteria, and nomination forms.

Heritage Award | Outstanding Alumnus | Outstanding Recent Alumna | Christian Service Award | Seminary Alumnus of the Year

Heritage Award

Dwight Kimberly, ’67
Dwight KimberlyIn the quarter of a century he taught classes at George Fox, Dwight Kimberly earned the respect and admiration of both his peers and his students. Many remember him as the 2000 Oregon Professor of the Year, but winning honors was never Kimberly’s agenda. Rather, the biology professor took pride in investing in his pupils. It wasn’t uncommon for him to spend late hours helping students in lab or engage in conversations with them outside the classroom. To him, every student was a puzzle in need of a solution, prompting him to ask, “How can I unlock that puzzle and get the most out of you?” He also saw study as a form of worship: “It’s a spiritual matter. It’s part of the quest of finding out what God will have you do with your life.” Kimberly’s love of students and learning resulted in a teaching career that began at Oregon State University in the mid-1970s, included 18 years at Warner Pacific College, and culminated with his 25-year commitment (17 full time) to George Fox.

Outstanding Alumnus Award

Barbara Baker, SPS ’02
Barbara Baker As the executive vice president of cultural enhancement for the Umpqua Holdings Corporation, Barbara Baker’s influence reaches far beyond the walls of her Portland office. She is responsible for overseeing all culture, training and human resource functions for the financial services company, leading a team of 25 responsible for creating a positive and motivating work environment. Her efforts have helped the bank earn regional and national awards: Umpqua has been named to Oregon Business Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” 14 times since 1995 – and scored a No. 1 ranking in 2004 – and Fortune magazine named the company to its “100 Best Companies to Work For” for a fifth straight year in 2011. Individually, Barbara was recognized among the nation’s top six human resources executives in HR Executives’ “2008 HR Honor Roll,” and she has twice been recognized by the Portland Business Journal, receiving the publication's 2010 Orchid Award, given to honor women in leadership positions, and its 2011 Best HR Team Leadership Award. Barbara also serves on several boards and executive committees, including the Portland Rose Society, and chairs the human resources committee for Portland Center Stage.

Outstanding Recent Alumna

Margaret (Maggie) Holmes, ’04
Margaret (Maggie) HolmesSince earning a bachelor’s degree in international studies from George Fox, Maggie Holmes has traveled the globe as a student of various cultures and as a willing servant. Her travels have taken her to 15 countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Central America and South and East Asia, with her most recent expedition resulting in a master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Hyderabad in India in 2009. Her international work experience includes time as a resident administrative and teaching assistant in China, as a nutrition researcher in Yemen and as a language coach in India. Now a graduate student at Tufts University in Boston, where she is working toward master’s degrees in nutrition and public health, Maggie works as a project assistant with the Global Nutrition Collaborative Research Support Program, a USAID-funded initiative that brings together top educational institutions to offer support and focus research on international projects, and also as a barista for the Equal Exchange Café, an arm of Equal Exchange Coop, which partners with small farmer cooperatives to sell fairly traded goods in the U.S. “So much of being a person of true vision is learning to see the world the way that God sees it,” she says. “It means allowing ourselves to be people who can be touched and moved by seeing the beauty in the mess.”

Christian Service Award

Linda Byrd, ’78
Linda ByrdA childhood love for camping in her backyard and in the national forests of the West Coast cultivated in Linda Byrd a call to turn her passion into a life-long ministry. For more than 30 years, she’s served as a volunteer, staff member, administrator and leader in various Christian camping ministries throughout the world. Her travels have included sojourns in Jamaica, Panama, Trinidad and Mexico to serve in various camp organization roles or to lead workshops. And, for 15 years, she was the administrator and girls camp director for Oregon Camp Cherith, a ministry of Pioneer Clubs. She currently serves as missions resource coordinator for World Venture’s Northwest region, developing curriculum for and facilitating the development of Kids Missions Camps. She’s also held several camp association leadership roles, including serving as president-elect, president and past-president of the Northwest section of the Christian Camp & Conference Association (1991-97). Linda’s connection to her alma mater remains strong, as she mentors George Fox alumni pursuing the camping ministry and volunteers as a guest presenter in the university’s camping courses.

Seminary Alumnus of the Year

Dr. David Wright, Portland Seminary ’80
Dr. David WrightIn the 30 years since he earned a master’s degree in biblical studies from the seminary, Dr. David Wright’s travels have taken him to Haiti, England and all over the U.S. as a professor, administrator and leader in higher education. Since 2008, he’s served as the provost and chief academic officer at Indiana Wesleyan University in Indiana, an assignment that came after his three years as dean of the School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University. Shortly after earning his degree at the seminary, David spent time overseas, serving in leadership roles at the Institut Theologique Wesleyen in Haiti and – after earning a doctorate from the University of Kentucky in 1990 – at the Wesleyan Bible Institute in England. His return to the U.S. in the mid-1990s gave him the opportunity to work at Indiana Wesleyan University as associate dean (1995-97), vice president for adult and graduate studies (1997- 2002) and as associate professor of intercultural studies and director of graduate studies in ministry (2003-05). David is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church.

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