Distinguished Alumni

Alumni awards allow Wayland to recognize outstanding service or achievement by its graduates and spotlight the contributions our alumni make worldwide. Nominations are always open for Distinguished Alumni Awards for all campuses in the Wayland system and awards are given at varying times during the calendar year. Click here to access the form to nominate a worthy recipient for future awards.

Distinguished Alumni Award: Distinguished Alumni winners should make a distinctive contribution to their profession, serve in exemplary leadership roles in their community and/or demonstrate a strong loyalty to Wayland through service or giving. This honor is limited to graduates of Wayland, whether undergraduate or at the graduate level. Available for graduates of all campuses.

Distinguished Young Alumni Award:  Distinguished Young Alumni winners should make a distinctive contribution to their profession, serve in exemplary leadership roles in their community and/or demonstrate a strong loyalty to Wayland through service or giving. This honor is limited to persons who are age 35 or under who have earned a degree from Wayland. For Plainview or WBUOnline graduates only.

Distinguished Benefactor Award: This award honors an individual or couple who have generously given to Wayland through financial support to any programs, projects or special initiatives, either over a long period of time or a short one. This honor is not limited to a graduate of Wayland but preference is given to those who have shown exceptional loyalty to their alma mater. 

2019 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

Dr. Vaughn Ross, BS'67 (Plainview campus)
Retired field biologist in Kenya, biology professor, Waxahachie, Texas    

Brandon Inman, BBA'98 (Plainview campus)
Owner, Brandon Inman State Farm Agency, Monahans, Texas

Roger Legendre, BAS’18 (Albuquerque campus)
Albuquerque Police Department, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Rhonda Rowles, BSOE’04 (Altus campus)
Education & Training Chief, Altus AFB, Altus, Oklahoma

Bowden Jones, BSOE’08, MBA student (Amarillo campus)
Senior VP, Retail Banking Manager, FirstCapital Bank, Amarillo, Texas

Rev. Thomas Hoffman, Sr., BSOE’96, MCM'08 (Anchorage campus)
Pastor, Fairview Loop Baptist Church, Anchorage, Alaska

Gayla Brumfield, BSOE'03 (Clovis campus)
Realtor, Former Mayor, Clovis, New Mexico

Rev. Charles Beaucond, MCM'09 (Hawaii campus)
Pastor, First Southern Baptist Church, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Rodney Madsen, BSOE'99, MBA'01 (Lubbock campus)
CEO/Founder, GermBlast, Lubbock, Texas

Elton Madden, BSOE'08 (Phoenix campus)
Chief, Education, Training & Testing section, Luke AFB, Arizona

Chance Collins, BSOE'06 (San Antonio campus)
Chief of the Texas Rangers, Austin, Texas

Jefferson Ebbing, MEd'16 (Sierra Vista campus)
Instructional Designer, Learning Innovation Branch, US Army, Fort Huachuca, Arizona

Dr. Deborah Pineau, MEd'99 (Wichita Falls campus)
Retired lead training manager, Telecommunications Flight, Sheppard AFB, Texas

2019 Distinguished Young Alumni Award Winner

Bradley Sell, BA'11
Owner, Broadway Brew Coffeehouse, Plainview, Texas

2019 Distinguished Benefactor Alumni Award Winner

Dr. Vernon (BA'59) and Mrs. Belva (BS'60) Stokes
Retired public school educators and administrator, Midland, Texas 

2019 Alumnus of the Year

TBA


Click here to read more about the 2019 winners systemwide.

Click here for a full list of previous years' winners.