Stennett moves across campus to direct WBU admissions team

Release Date: February 29, 2008

PLAINVIEW – Debbie Stennett has traded her office on Yonkers Street for a view of Quincy Street after being named Director of Admissions at Wayland Baptist University.

              Stennett started in the new position on Feb. 18 after serving as director of the Community Classroom at WBU since July 2005. She jumped into the job during a busy time as the office gears up for its spring preview event, Big Weekend, slated for March 28-29 for prospective students in high school or college transfers.

              It is a busy position but one about which Stennett is energized.

              “I am stepping into a long tradition of bringing in ripe new potential. I am so mentally engaged and excited about this. I love working with students and staff over here,” she said.

              But behind the meetings, mailouts and directing recruiters and phone center staff, Stennett knows there is a higher purpose behind the work of the Office of Admissions.

              “We’re in the business of developing human potential and turning out men and women who will make a distinctive impact on society. We never know which of these students have divine appointments, and our business is about making sure we carry through with those appointments,” Stennett said.

              Stennett also believes that education opens door for individuals and knows her work is living out the current WBU slogan, “Seek your dream.”

              “Hope is a fuel that keeps people going, and we’re in the business of helping people fulfill those dreams,” she said. “That’s what we provide, helping them enroll in those classes, whether they’re 17 or 57.”

              Prior to her time at WBU, Stennett was an education specialist with the Region 17 Education Service Center in Lubbock. In that role, she provided staff development and technical assistance to school districts within the region. Before that, Stennett was a classroom teacher in Plainview for 24 years, pulling double duty for the last 16 of that as elementary gifted and talented program coordinator for the Plainview ISD as well.

              “What jumped out to me about Debbie was her extensive network of contacts throughout the school system and beyond, and that will serve her well in this position,” said Dr. Claude Lusk, vice president of enrollment management. “She is very much a proponent of faith-based education and will represent that with a lot of passion.”

              A native of Lockney, Stennett holds a bachelor’s degree in education and a Master of Education degree from Wayland. She and husband Gary, an insurance agent with Morgan-Eaves, have two grown children, Brandye and Tucker, and a granddaughter, Ashlyn.