McMurry University Names Steven Bristow As 2014 Spirit of McMurry Award Recipient

  Gary Ellison
  Thursday, September 4, 2014 1:32 PM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

Abilene, TX

Steven Bristow ’96 has been named the recipient of the 2014 Spirit of McMurry Award by the McMurry Alumni Association Board of Directors.  The award is presented annually to an alumnus who has graduated within the last 20 years and demonstrated excellence in their profession, service to McMurry and service to their community.

“I am deeply honored to be selected as the 2014 Spirit of McMurry recipient,” said Bristow. “I love McMurry and cannot understate the important role the university has played in my life. I received an outstanding education and am fortunate to count some of my professors as mentors today. I learned servant leadership from people who exemplified what they taught. Many of my closest friendships were fostered at McMurry and, most important, I met my best friend and the love of my life.”
Bristow is an agile and multifaceted public affairs and government relations professional with more than 17 years of experience promoting cooperative and productive relationships among elected officials, civil servants, corporate executives and community leaders. He recently joined FleishmanHillard, a global communications agency, and is known for his abilities in legislative advocacy, relationship management and written communication.

He was previously at Methodist Health System (Dallas), where he served as Vice President for Community Relations and Advocacy. There, he created and implemented strategies to continuously foster and enhance relationships with local, state and federal elected officials, as well as the communities served by the health system. He also leveraged community relations programs to complement marketing efforts to increase consumers’ use of Methodist Health System and strengthen the system’s corporate citizenship position.

Before his role at Methodist, Bristow served as Director of Government Relations for Parkland Health & Hospital System. He started his career in Washington, D.C. working on Capitol Hill for two Members of Congress.

Bristow holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in marketing and public relations from McMurry and a Master of Public Policy and Administration degree from Baylor University.

Bristow currently serves as president of the McMurry University Alumni Association and as a member of the McMurry University Board of Trustees. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. He is a former member of the North Texas Commission Board of Directors and has served on several national trade association advocacy boards, including chairing the Government Relations group for America’s Essential Hospitals. He is both a graduate and former class advisor for Leadership Dallas and is also a graduate of Leadership Southwest.

While at McMurry, Bristow was involved in Makona Men's Social Club, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, the Student Ambassador Board, and served as a preceptor for the Servant Leadership Program and as editor of the campus newspaper.

“I am proud to an alumnus of this great university. It is a privilege to continue to be involved nearly 20 years after I left campus, and I hope to continue to give back to my alma mater and my community for a very long time,” stated Bristow. 

Bristow is married to Shana Norman Bristow ’92 and they are the proud parents of two boys, Carter and Peyton. It is that role that keeps him the busiest, serving as a Cub Scout den leader, personal chef, chief baseball statistician, chauffeur, tae kwon do board holder, school auction co-chair and bedtime story reader. Daily, he tries to exemplify his favorite quote. “Everyone dies, but not everyone lives.” He is quick to add, “make every minute count, and remember, life is too short for boring socks.”

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