Tipton completed his undergraduate degree at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama. He was studying for the Jesuit priesthood during this time, and taught and worked on the staff of United States Representative Richard C. White (D-Tex) until his ordination in 1971. In the spring of 1972, he was named president of Spring Hill College, and was later president of Jacksonville University in Florida and of St. Mary's Ryken High School in Leonardtown, Maryland. He was also president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, and is most famous for bringing to light the murder of six Catholic priests, their housekeeper and her daughter by the Salvadoran army. He took custody of the witness to the murder after her interrogation by Salvadoran officials, the US State Department and the FBI, and went on a Congressional task force to El Salvador that ultimately led to a cut in US foreign aid to the Salvadoran government, the resolution of El Salvador's civil war, and election of a new government.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "Paul Tipton; Exposed Jesuit deaths in El Salvador". Washington Post. 2008-05-31. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/31/AR2008053102181.html. Retrieved 2015-12-08.