Wayland President named Plainview Man of the Year

PLAINVIEW — Wayland Baptist University President Dr. Paul Armes was recognized Monday for being not only the leader of the local university, but also a leader in so many other aspects of the community of Plainview.

Armes, who is the 12th president of Wayland and has served in that capacity since Feb. 2001, was named Plainview’s 2013 Man of the Year during the community’s annual Chamber of Commerce banquet, held ironically, on the Wayland campus in the Laney Center.

According to the letter nominating Armes for the honor, in addition to leading the university for the past 12 years, he has served as president of the community’s United Way and is a member of the Rotary Club of Plainview. He and his wife, Duanea, financially support, are members of and attend Community Concerts and the Plainview Symphony, as well as other community events and are members of First Baptist Church, Plainview.

One of the things that the nominating letter pointed out was that Armes enjoys Dr. Paul Armeswoodworking. In particular, it read, the president crafts pens from wood and gives them to graduating President’s Ambassadors.

“He doesn’t have to do that. He does it because that’s who he is,” the writer wrote.

The writer of the letter went on to complement Armes on his ability to empower his faculty and staff, as well as others in ways that enable them to excel.

“That is what real leadership is, empowering others,” the letter read.

While Armes was honored to receive the recognition, he was quick to focus on what Wayland and the community of Plainview mean to each other.

“It’s always an honor to be recognized for what you try to do and the ways you try to serve,” he said, adding that of greater significance is the recognition of the partnership between the university and the people of Plainview.

“It illustrates the importance of the partnership between Wayland and the community. All of us who work at Wayland are aware of the importance of the community to our students and we cherish that partnership,” he concluded.