PLAINVIEW – A former Wayland Baptist University leader returned to campus recently and received a surprise in the form of a plaque. The Association of Former Students presented President Emeritus Dr. Roy McClung, who served from 1963 to 1980, with the Distinguished Lifetime Service Alumni Award.
Presented during a luncheon of administrators and good friends, the award marked decades of service to Wayland both during his administration and in the years following.
“After his retirement, Dr. McClung continued his service to Wayland in many ways. He has been a source of encouragement and support to presidents who have followed him. When requested, he has offered advice, counsel and guidance to members of his Wayland family,” said Joe Provence, director of alumni services, in presenting the award. “His interest in, his prayer support of and his financial contributions to the University have never wavered.”
McClung received the award with humility and his usual humor. He spoke with love for the university and its current leadership and what it continues to do.
“My life has been enriched by the experience of Wayland, far beyond what words can say,” McClung said. “This is a God-given, God-supported institution, and Wayland has played a tremendous part in the development of Christian men and women in West Texas and beyond, some that we may not know until Judgment Day.”
The citation noted McClung’s accomplishments during his presidency, a 17-year term that was the second longest for any CEO in Wayland’s 98-year history. During those years, he led Wayland in a significant building program, overseeing construction of Harral Memorial Auditorium, Hutcherson Physical Education Center, Moody Science Center, Caprock Hall and the Museum of the Llano Estacado.
He was enlisted in the early 1990s to serve as a leader in the Spanning the Centuries Campaign that led to the completion of the Mabee Learning Resources Center. In the fall of 2005, McClung lent his voice to a recorded message encouraging financial support for the university and sent to thousands of Wayland alums.
For his commitment and contribution to Christian higher education, McClung received the Texas Baptist Elder Statesman Award in 1999 from the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Prior to his presidency, McClung served as pastor at First Baptist Church in Plainview from 1958-63.
McClung is retired and living in Louisville, Ky.