Express appreciation to a notable local couple

By: Ann Pence


I had the honor of introducing Paul and Pat Bippen to our Morning Kiwanis group on Monday, November 7, to share the story of their incredible experience with the main mission areas of Atterbury-Muscatatuck. These are the state-of-the-art multi-domain training opportunities at the Camp Atterbury and Muscatatuck Urban Training Centers, where Paul and Pat served as dedicated and courageous volunteers with many other civilians for 15 years.

Pat is a former flight attendant with US Airways, recognized as Agent of the Year before moving into sales work with IHG Hotel Corporation, recognized there for its excellent performance.

When the wars in Iraq and then Afghanistan escalated some fifteen years ago, her desire was to try to help, but unable to serve and Paul having had an honorable discharge, she approached the Camp Chaplain Atterbury to bring him homemade cookies to give to the troops. She then baked dozens of fresh cookies for the thousands of military men and women at the last training and transfer site in the United States. It was an incredible gift to take care of our brave men and women.

Paul worked his way up to a doctorate in education and business through hard work over the summer with his father; he was a school bus driver to pay tuition and a resident assistant to pay for housing. After Graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce, Part-Time Business Skills Helped Him Get a Masters Debt-Free

degree from Indiana University. He then became Assistant to the IU Chancellor for all regional campuses and was later appointed Assistant to the IUPUI Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs.

In 1977 Paul came to Columbus as Center Director and later Dean of IUPUI in Columbus. Under Paul’s leadership, massive positive changes were made, creating a permanent university in Columbus, installing state-of-the-art science labs; redirect academic authority from Indianapolis to Columbus; enable IU and Purdue graduation locally; establishment of six bachelor’s programs and two master’s programs; and he introduced the

first official local IU and Purdue degree.

Paul and Pat Bippen are a very remarkable couple in our community.

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