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 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.

2020 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

Mike Stumbo, BAS'14 (Amarillo campus)
Director, Pantex Protective Source, Amarillo, Texas

Monte Smith, BSOE'04 (Anchorage campus)
Navy veteran (posthumously)

David Robinson, MBA'00 (Clovis campus)
CEO, Plateau Cellular, Clovis, New Mexico

Dianna Durbin, BS'13, MAM'16, MPA'19 (Fairbanks campus)
US Air Force contracting, Fairbanks, Alaska

Kevin McConic, BAS'15, MAM'17 (Lubbock campus)
Regional Chief Diversity Officer, Covenant Health System, Lubbock, Texas

Chief Neil Gang, BAS'15 (Phoenix campus)
Chief of Police, City of Pinole, California

Dr. Mike Davis, BA w/honors '87 (Plainview campus)
Dean, Pampa Center, Clarendon College, Pampa, Texas

Paul Harkey, BM '04 (Plainview campus)
Bass Singer, Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, Nashville, Tennessee

Joe Lombard, BA '75 (Plainview campus)
Retired longtime girls' basketball coach, Canyon, Texas

Dr. Joel O'Hair, BS w/honors '06 (Plainview campus)
Managing Director for Data Science & Analytics, KPMG, Dacono, Colorado

Akadama "Lee" Little, BSOE'13 (San Antonio campus)
CEO, Premier Workforce Training, San Antonio, Texas

Jacel Ramon, BAS'17, MBA'19 (Sierra Vista campus)
Business Owner, Avocadoria, Sierra Vista, Arizona

Lori Apple, MEd'13 (Wichita Falls campus)
Principal, Haynes Northwest Academy, Wichita Falls, Texas

2020 Distinguished Young Alumni Award Winner

Dananai Semwayo Gardner, BA'13
Assistant District Attorney, Vance County, North Carolina

2020 Distinguished Benefactor Alumni Award Winner

Dr. Estelle Owens, BA'71
Emeritus Professor of History, Wayland, Plainview, Texas

2020 Alumnus of the Year: To be named Homecoming 2021

Click here to read more about the 2020 winners systemwide.

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