“Casual Chris” Caldwell named LMU’s 2012 R. Martin Peters Young Alumnus of the Year

KNOXVILLE (Oct. 29, 2012) — The Lincoln Memorial University Alumni Association recently selected Knox County Finance Director Chris Caldwell as the 2012 R. Martin Peters Young Alumnus of the Year.

“Chris is great to work with, and is very deserving of this recognition,” Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said. “He does an outstanding job as finance director, and is committed to being a good steward of taxpayer money.”

“Your recent appointment as Finance Director of Knox County shows the confidence the Knox County government has in you with their most important information. You play an important role that touches the lives of so many people,” LMU Director of Alumni Services Donnie Lipscomb wrote in a letter to Caldwell. “Also, you are a positive role model not only in your community but throughout East Tennessee. Because of your dedication to making the lives of those around you better, the Lincoln Memorial University Alumni Association feels you are truly deserving of this great award.”

The R. Martin Peters Young Alumnus of the year award is given to an individual who embodies the character and spirit of its namesake and exhibits qualities including patriotism, leadership ability, volunteerism, a strong work ethic, and ambassadorship on behalf of the University.

The award has been presented to one young alumnus each year since 1997, and recipients include Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins.

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5 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    It's amazing how far LMU has come!

  2. Had the Tennessee College of Law admitted JDIII to their law school class, there would be no John Duncan Jr. School of Law.

    But, alas, the Duncan School of Law will not be accredited by the ABA and those students enrolled will be limited to taking the bar exam in the State of Tennessee, where the opportunities are much more limited that what one might find in North or South Carolina, Georgia, certainly Florida and Texas.

  3. Gary Williams says:

    Read the article in today's KNS. I wouldn't bet against Pete DeBusk.

  4. Bill Lyons says:

    Congratulations to Chris. He is a consummate professional and a pleasure to work with. Chris does a great job for Knox County.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I would like to reply to Charlie Stevens comments about LMU Law School and UT Law School. Both UT Law School and the people who run the ABA accreditation process are vastly overrated and impressed with themselves. I was turned down by UT Law School and ended up going to another (fully ABA accredited) law school out of state. I got a better legal education than I would have gotten at UT and I have done some really worthwhile things as an attorney. In addition, I can say from experience that the graduates of EVERY school run the gamut from extremely good to extremely bad. Getting a diploma from a particular institution is no guarantee of either quality or later success. It is the same in every profession. My father was an MD and he used to say that any school is able to present more information than any student could ever possibly absorb. Getting accredited will help LMU graduates to get jobs and that it is the only reason that it is worth the effort to go through the process. I hope that LMU Law School is able to succeed in its efforts and I certainly wish them the best of luck in reaching their goals.