Carolyn Austin Eubank, a 1967 graduate of University of Lynchburg and assistant vice present for public relations, recently received the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award.
In 1985 the University of Lynchburg Alumni Association established the award for alumni who have made outstanding contributions to one or more areas of society. Contributions include professional, academic, and personal achievements, and service to the College.
Eubank began working at her alma mater in 1992 as director of the Annual Fund and was soon promoted to director of development. She initiated LC’s successful Reunion Giving Program through which reunion classes more than doubled their previous unrestricted giving. In 1995 Eubank became director of the Office of Public Relations and was later named assistant vice president.
She has been a leader in high-profile conferences and events, including the Botanicos biodiversity conference, a national media symposium, and LC’s Centennial Celebration, for which she co-authored with fellow alumna and public relations staff member Betty McKinney University of Lynchburg: More than Books and Bricks,a well-received coffee table book.
She has co-chaired and served on Class of 1967 reunion committees, is an officer of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, sings in the University of Lynchburg Choral Union, and serves on the Choral Union’s board of directors.
Active in her community and church, she has served as a board member of the Family Alliance of Central Virginia and the RiverFlicks outdoor movie series and as a volunteer for the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce and the United Way.
Eubank is a lifelong member of Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church, where she is an elder, sings in the Chancel Choir, and served on the executive committee for the church’s Foundations for the Future capital campaign. She received the Lynchburg Peace Prize for her work as chair of the Bicentennial Committee for the Restoration of the South River Meeting House, the eighteenth century place of worship for Lynchburg Quaker founders and national and state historic landmark located on the church’s property.
Carolyn and her husband Bob Eubank ’63 are the parents of two married children, Stephen Reid Eubank and Laura Eubank Harman ’99 MEd, and have five grandchildren.