Julie Hinson (’90)
Lifetime Member, WKU Alumni Association

Julie Hinson (’90) of Prospect, Ky., has a long history of service and support for WKU. The President and CEO of Advanced Lifeline, Inc., she is a third-generation alumna, Past President of the WKU National Alumni Association Board of Directors and a member of the WKU Foundation Board of Trustees, the College of Health and Human Services Advisory Board, and the WKU Board of Regents. She is also a proud Lifetime Member of the WKU Alumni Association. Even though her husband, Mike, is not an alumnus, he is also a Lifetime Member as a friend of the University. 

“I believe a strong Alumni Association makes for a resilient University that increases the value of a WKU degree,” she said. “For WKU to continue to be a robust university, strong alumni support is critical. The benefits of a WKU education don’t end when you walk across that red carpet. The power of our WKU community could pay you more in lifelong dividends than you ever thought possible.”

Though members receive numerous benefits, such as special communications and discounts, these benefits were not the motivating factor that encouraged Hinson to become a member. “I joined the WKU Alumni Association because I wanted to give back to the University that has given me so much,” she said. “I also believe in ‘walk the walk and talk the talk.’ I love my WKU and feel that I should support the organizations that sustain the University. 

Alumni do not have to live in the Bowling Green area to benefit from programs provided by the WKU Alumni Association. Members can participate in career networking opportunities, special events, Homecoming and alumni chapters activities. “WKU alumni need to join to stay connected with the WKU community,” Hinson explained. “Also, WKU Alumni Association chapters are formed in select geographic regions to offer opportunities of service, friendship and networking for Alumni Association Members.

Entering the WKU as an alumni legacy student, Hinson said she never thought of attending any other university. “I always knew I would be a Hilltopper,” she explained. My mom’s family is from Glasgow, dad’s is from Bowling Green and I grew up in Owensboro, so WKU was a perfect fit.”

During her time at WKU, she was active with Alpha Omicron Pi sorority, and these sorority sisters are still a vital part of her life today. In addition to these special friendships, Hinson has also benefited from professional connections she has formed through WKU. “Networking has been an integral component of my professional career,” she said. “The theory of six degrees of separation really does play an important part in my life, both professionally and personally. I could have not gotten where I am today had I not had my WKU connections.”

Connections and networking. Your WKU Alumni Association Membership makes it happen! If you love WKU like Julie Hinson does, join her and our other 6,700+ members today! Can we count on you to help make WKU stronger?