Named Lee University’s Honorary Alumnus of the Year
part of Lee’s recent Homecoming festivities, the university honored its newest
honorary alumnus of the year, Mr. Andy Sinclair.
is the managing director and head of business development for Tynedale Group
Travel in Haltwhistle, a small town in Northumberland, England.
introducing him as the honoree, Lee President Paul Conn said of Sinclair,
“Through his connection to Lee with the global perspectives student trips,
Sinclair has helped students and faculty to travel abroad by finding good deals
on hotels and transportation. He works with faculty to plan trips and to assist
in monitoring the safety and well-being of the students.
of sending his staff to assist Lee students on their global perspectives trips,
Sinclair has become personally involved with them and made sure that their
needs were addressed. Lee students who have developed relationships with Sinclair
speak of him as a great friend and father figure. They recognize that he is
someone who truly cares about the students at Lee.”
shared some of the sentiments expressed by Lee students about Sinclair:
was raised in the tiny village of Greenhead, and his first job, at the age of 16, was on a sheep farm. After a few years,
he went to work part time for his stepfather, who ran a business driving
coaches and buses for school transportation. Sinclair eventually took over the
business and began operating the coaches on behalf of tour companies,
re-inventing the company as a tour operator with its own coach fleet. His first
tour for Lee was in 1998 on Dr. Robert Barnett’s trip to England and Scotland.
Currently, TGT Group Travel operates 60 to 70 tours
throughout the UK and Europe, in addition to sporting commitments that include
team coaches, chauffeur vehicles, and helicopter or other private aircraft
transport. In 2010,
Sinclair was voted UK coach manager of the year. In 2012, TGT Group Travel was
voted Coach Operator of the Year. Both awards came from RouteOne, a premiere
travel magazine for the UK.
PHOTO: Lee President Dr. Paul Conn (left) congratulates
Andy Sinclair, named Honorary Alum of the Year. (photo by Nathan Bivens)
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