LBW Community College’s 2022 Outstanding Alumnus is Charles C. “Tripp” Bass, III of Andalusia, a 1982 graduate with an associate in arts degree.
“Being able to honor an alumnus like Tripp is special for LBW,” said LBW President Dr. Brock Kelley. “Tripp has been very successful in his career but most of all he is a great ambassador for the community.”
After graduating from Andalusia High School in 1980, Bass attended LBW on a music scholarship. During his time at LBW, he performed in the LBW Ensemble, choir, and several musicals under the direction of Jerry Padgett.
“I truly had a great experience at LBW,” Bass said. “It changed the path of my life and created lifetime friendships. We are fortunate and blessed to have such a class facility that continues to expand and adjust to the changing times.”
After graduating from LBW, Bass attended Troy State University before returning to Andalusia in 1983 to join his father, Charles C. Bass, Jr., and sister, Sue Bass Wilson, in the business established by his father in 1946 – Bass Agency Real Estate.
Continually ranking as a top producer in Covington County, Bass has assisted countless families with their real estate needs, and under his co-ownership, the mini-storage portion of the business has continued to expand from an initial 40 units to over 700 units throughout Andalusia.
Through the years, Bass has served as President of Andalusia Lions Club, President of Covington Association of Realtors, and has served on the Board of Directors for LBW Community College as well as the Board of Directors for Andalusia Area Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the National Association of Realtors and the Alabama Association of Realtors.
Bass currently serves as a deacon at the First Baptist Church of Andalusia where he leads worship with the praise band.
He and his wife, Regina Sellers Bass have three daughters: Courtney (George) Patterson, Clara (Matt) Mellown, and Rosemary Bass, as well as three grandsons.
“We are thrilled that Tripp still feels as though LBW played a huge role in his life, and we look forward to recognizing him as a part of this year’s graduation program,” Kelley said.
LBW's Career Technical Ceremony will be held on May 13 at 10:00 a.m., and the Academic Transfer Ceremony will be held at 2:00 p.m. at the Kiwanis Community Center located in Andalusia.