Baylor Line Foundation's 56th Annual


Join the Baylor Family in celebrating our 2021 class of Hall of Fame Honorees

February 16-18, 2021
Presented virtually — for the first time!

About Hall of Fame 2021

Things are gonna be a little different this year...

Historically an in-person gala, we are totally changing the Hall of Fame experience to meet the challenges of hosting our largest event of the year in a COVID-19 world.

For 55 years, the Baylor Family joined together to celebrate our best and brightest in a single evening's, in-person gala. Dinner, speeches, handshakes, hugs, and the finest of attire became staples for this experience. But in this, our 56th year of hosting Hall of Fame, we've made some outstanding changes to keep attendees safe while still delivering the level of esteem our honorees deserve.

We're bummed we cannot celebrate in person with you, but we hope you'll join us for a Hall of Fame like never before.

You don't want to miss it!

While we are all still learning to adapt to social distance regulations and public safety protocols, Baylor Line Foundation has re-envisioned what Hall of Fame can look like. Instead of an in-person gala, we're hosting a virtual festival. Instead of a single evening award presentation, we are delivering three days of exclusive and exciting content to attendees. And, instead of hugs and handshakes, we are building all-new ways for you to interact with and meet fellow members of our Baylor Family.

Tickets are $75 a piece and come with so much more this year. You'll receive access via email to our virtual festival portal on Monday, February, 15.

Taking place February 16-18, 2021, our 56th Annual Hall of Fame will, for the first time, look a lot different:

  • In-depth interviews with 2021's class of honorees, so you can get to know them more intimately

  • Networking opportunities designed around graduating classes and shared interests

  • Live broadcast presentation of awards at 6 p.m. Wednesday, February 18

Click here to see the full schedule.

Class of 2021 Hall of Fame Honorees

Learn more about this year's award recipients and find out how to celebrate with them February 16-18. They'll be almost as excited as we are for you to join the party!

Outstanding Young Alumni Award

Shehan Jeyarajah ('16)

Shehan serves as the college football editor and insider at Texas Football – affectionately referred to as the “Bible of Texas football” – where he has established himself as one of the state’s leading authorities on college football.

Abner V. McCall Humanitarian Award

Mark (MBA '84) & Aubin ('74) Petersen

Aubin and Mark are founders of Another Story, which seeks to create a safe space for dialogue on sexual orientation and gender identity and for traditional Biblical perspectives on these issues to be explored and discussed.

Abner V. McCall Religious Liberty Award

Amanda Tyler

Amanda Tyler is the executive director of Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. She leads the organization as it upholds the historic Baptist principle of religious liberty, defending the free exercise of religion, and protecting against its establishment by government.

George W. Truett Distinguished Service Award

Steve Wells ('90, MDiv '97, DMin '03)

Steve has served as the pastor of the historic South Main Baptist Church in Houston since 2003. His great joy comes from preaching and teaching, leading the pastoral team and congregation at South Main, and finding deep channels for service.

Herbert H. Reynolds Retired Faculty Award

Maxine Hart ('56)

Maxine joined the Hankamer School of Business faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1971, and she retired in 1999 as Professor Emeritus of Information Systems. She taught Business Education, Business Communications and Office Systems courses.

Price Daniel Distinguished Public Service Award

Andrew Hanen (JD '78)

Andrew has served as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas since his appointment by President George W. Bush in 2002.

W.R. White Meritorious Service Award

Martha Lou Scott ('71, EdD '84)

Martha Lou began her distinguished career at Baylor as an office manager and retired as the associate vice president for Student Life, her career spanned over 48 years. She prioritized her work by listening to students voice their needs and concerns.

W.R. White Meritorious Service Award

Mike Sims ('80)

Mike is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on sports equipment safety standards. He was recently inducted into the Southwest Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame, Baylor “B” Association Hall of Fame, and soon to be inducted into his high school Hall of Fame.

W.R. White Meritorious Service Award

Gaynor Yancey

Gaynor is a professor and master teacher in the Garland School of Social Work and Truett Theological Seminary. Previously, she served as Associate Dean for Baccalaureate Social Work.

First Families of Baylor Award

C.T. "Sparkey" Beckham Family

To say that the Beckham family’s blood runs green and gold is an understatement! Their support of Baylor is a part of everyday life for the entire family, and they welcome everyone. The Beckhams have supported several endowed scholarships over the years and the student recipients have become good friends of the donors.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Ella Wall Prichard ('63)

Ella earned a degree from Baylor in 1963, majoring in history, minoring in journalism and serving as editor of The Lariat her senior year. She has served on the Baylor Board of Regents, three times on the Baylor Alumni Association board of directors, and as CEO of Prichard Oil Company. Her spiritual memoir of grief, Reclaiming Joy: A Primer for Widows, was published in 2018.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Melissa Rogers ('88)

Melissa is a nationally known expert on religion in American public life. She currently serves as Visiting Professor at Wake Forest University School of Divinity and as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, after a distinguished public service career in the Obama administration.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Michelle Andrews Smith ('90, MIJ '91)

Michelle is the chief of staff and the principal spokesperson for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC. Since graduating from Baylor, she has worked in various public sector roles to help government institutions communicate economic policy issues in a way that is clear, transparent, accountable, and accessible to a general audience.

Festival Schedule

Taking place over three days, February 16-18, this year's Hall of Fame is like nothing we've ever done before! To join in any (or all) of these festivities, register for a ticket at While there are a lot of opportunities to learn more about this year's honorees and connect with members of the Baylor Family, you may come and go as you please from the festival portal. Access will be provided via email on Monday, February 15.

Tuesday, February 16

9:30 a.m.Welcome, Day 1A brief welcome & tutorial on how to use our festival portal.
11 a.m.Interview - Shehan JeyarajahMeet Shehan, this year's Oustanding Young Alumni Honoree, and learn more about his story.
2 p.m.Interview - Mark & Aubin PetersenMeet Mark & Aubin, this year's McCall Humanitarian Honoree, and learn more about their story.
6 p.m.Hot Cocoa HourJoin the Baylor Family as we huddle around the virtual fireplace and unite during the winter storm.

Wednesday, February 17

11 a.m.Interview - Amanda TylerMeet Amanda, this year's McCall Religious Liberty Honoree, and learn more about her story.
2 p.m.Interview - Steve WellsMeet Steve, this year's Truett Distinguished Service Honoree, and learn more about his story.
6 p.m.Baylor Journalism GradsUnite with Baylor Journalism, Public Relations, and New Media grads and hear their gripping tales.

Thursday, February 18

11 a.m.Interview - Maxine HartMeet Maxine, this year's Reynolds Retired Faculty Honoree, and learn more about her story.
2 p.m.Interview - Andrew HanenMeet Andrew, this year's Distinguished Public Service Honoree, and learn more about his story.
6 p.m.Virtual Dr Pepper HourJoin us for a Baylor tradition and swap stories with friends, honorees, and your fellow alumni.

Friday, February 19

10 a.m.Interview - Martha Lou ScottMeet Martha Lou, a 2021 White Meritorious Service Honoree, and learn more about her story.
12 p.m.Interview - Mike SimsMeet Mike, a 2021 White Meritorious Service Honoree, and learn more about his story.
2 p.m.Interview - Gaynor YanceyMeet Gaynor, a 2021 White Meritorious Service Honoree, and learn more about her story.
4 p.m.Interview - Sparkey BeckhamMeet Sparkey, the patriarch of this year's First Families of Baylor, and learn more about the Beckham story.

Monday, February 22

9 a.m.Heritage Coffee HourJoin us for a morning pick-me-up and the first virtual version of the time-honored Heritage Club tradition.
11 a.m.Interview - Ella Wall PrichardMeet Ella, a Distinguished Alumni Honoree, and learn more about her story.
12 p.m.Interview - Melissa RogersMeet Melissa, a Distinguished Alumni Honoree, and learn more about her story.
1 p.m.Interview - Michelle SmithMeet Michelle, a Distinguished Alumni Honoree, and learn more about her story.
5 p.m.Honoree's ReceptionA closed reception for honorees, sponsors, and foundation partners.
6 p.m.Presentation of AwardsA live broadcast of this year's awards ceremony with acceptance remarks by honorees.

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