2016 Honored Alumni

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

Outstanding Alumnus | Christian Service Award | Heritage Award

Outstanding Alumnus

Matthew Tibbs ('04)

Matthew Tibbs

Matthew Tibbs is a sound designer working in live performance, film and advertising. He is a faculty member at Ball State University, teaching sound design, and currently leads the design and technology program. He lives with his wife Beth and son Lucas in Muncie, Ind., and loves playing soccer, working with his hands, creaky analog technologies, watching film and talking shop with other artists and craftspeople.

Matthew lives for combining music with motion – for smashing together different areas of study, including performance art, history, architecture, poetry and literature. His nearly 100 sound designs have appeared on stages in New York City, Chicago, Cincinnati, Salt Lake City, Knoxville and Portland. Matthew’s film work has been featured at national and global festivals. His most recent sound for film can be heard in the documentary The Gentleman of the Senate: The Mark Hatfield Story, which included George Fox alumnus Adam Sweeney singing “Oregon, My Oregon.”

For the past five years, Matthew has designed sound for the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Prior to his position at Ball State, he spent three years as resident sound designer for Pioneer Theatre Company and adjunct faculty at the University of Utah. Matthew is active with the Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival, having served as a guest respondent in the Southwest for three years.

He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music in theatrical sound design (2007) and a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from George Fox University (2004).


Christian Service Award

Lynn Clouser Holt MDiv '97 

Ken Beebe

Lynn Clouser Holt has been a pastor since 1998, serving the Reedwood Friends Church in Portland from 1998 to 2002 and the North Valley Friends Church in Newberg since 2003. God has uniquely gifted Lynn with administration skills and warmly caring for others. Her ministry is guided by the principle of serving in the moment. She does not shy away from the tough questions of faith – encouraging others of her belief that God is honored by our searching questions.

Lynn is on the board of directors for the Wesleyan Holiness Women Clergy, an organization that seeks to encourage and equip women called to vocational Christian ministry. As the WHWC conference director from 2006 to 2014, Lynn provided vision, direction and resources for planning numerous international conferences. Her passion for egalitarian ministry has encouraged many college and seminary students to think outside the box of traditional ministry roles.

She is also a lifelong learner and a peacemaker. Lynn is a certified mediator with the state of Oregon, helping others resolve conflict, and participates in an ongoing ministry of spiritual care and companioning as a spiritual director. It is through this service that Lynn has hosted many individuals with a safe place for deep listening as they seek to discern God’s movement and direction in their lives.

Since 2014, Lynn has served as an adjunct professor at Portland Seminary. Her response to students and congregants is to offer the hospitality of a listening ear and genuine care. Lynn and her husband, Jon, who died in 2012, have five children and nine grandchildren. The experience of knowing great love and great loss motivate Lynn’s heart of service for others.   


Heritage Award

Maurice Chandler '60


Maurice Chandler graduated from George Fox in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in educational psychology. While at George Fox, Maurice met and married Ellouise Fankhauser, played football and participated in drama. He also started a family, which now includes five daughters (all George Fox graduates), 17 grandchildren (eight are George Fox graduates) and 13 great-grandchildren.

After graduating, Maurice taught school and sold real estate and insurance before returning to George Fox to serve as the director of development and vice president of development for 19 years. Maurice was instrumental in expanding the university both financially and structurally. During his tenure, George Fox saw the construction of several new campus fixtures, including the Ross Center, Wheeler Gymnasium and the Centennial Tower. He also laid the groundwork for the funding of the Edwards-Holman Science Center. 

Upon leaving George Fox, Maurice worked for Don Pinson & Associates in Nebraska, Iowa and Oregon. Later, he and his son-in-law founded a fundraising firm, Chandler and Newville, as well as a local card shop with his daughter. After helping with a fundraising campaign, Maurice was hired as president of Barclay College for five years.

Using his God-given talents to help others has always been important to Maurice. He has volunteered with his local church, community and several Christian schools. As he neared the age of 70, Maurice and Ellouise decided to do one final fundraiser for George Fox, Barclay College and Azusa Friends Center by riding their bikes across America, from Maine to San Diego. Maurice and Ellouise are now residents at Friendsview Retirement Community and enjoy spending time with family and friends as well as attending George Fox sporting events.

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