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.

2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

Cindy Perez, MEd'11 (Amarillo campus)
Training Coordinator, City of Amarillo, Amarillo, Texas

Araceli "Sally" Jones, BSOE'08 (Anchorage campus)
Anchorage Police Department officer, Anchorage, Alaska

Rodolfo Arceo, MEd'18 (Clovis campus)
Principal, Lockwood Elementary, Clovis, New Mexico

Lidia Delarosa, MEd'10 (Clovis campus)
Principal, La Casita Elementary, Clovis, New Mexico

Jeff Ling, BSOE'08, MAM'19 (Fairbanks campus)
Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, North Pole, Alaska

Dr. Alberto Morales, MAM'11, MEd'13 (Hawaii campus)
Branch Chief, Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, Hawaii

Betty Catherman, BSOE'00, MBA'04 (Lubbock campus)
CFO, Pro Petroleum, Lubbock, Texas

Leslie Lepe, BAS'20 (Phoenix campus)
Public Works Management Assistant, City of Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Nelson Hayashida, BA'70 (Plainview campus)
Recovery Support Liaison, Chico, California

Dr. Glenda Payas, BS'69 (Plainview campus)
Retired private practice dentist, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Dr. Emily Smith, BS'03 (Plainview campus)
Faculty member, Duke University School of Medicine & Duke Global Health Institute, Durham, North Carolina

Dr. Gabe Trujillo, BA'93, MEd'95 (Plainview campus)
Superintendent, Nacogdoches ISD, Nacogdoches, Texas

Jack DeForrest III, BSOE'07 (San Antonio campus)
Executive Director of Transportation, Northeast ISD, San Antonio, Texas

Dr. Angelica Landry, BAS'14, MBA'16, DMgmt'18 (Sierra Vista campus)
Instructional Designer, US Army, Sierra Vista, Arizona

Carrie Richardson, BAS'19 (Wichita Falls campus)
Head Chef, Chartwells/Wichita Falls ISD, Wichita Falls, Texas

2021 Distinguished Young Alumni Award Winner

Johnny Terra, BBA'11, MBA'12
CPA & Partner, LPT CPA + Advisors, Amarillo, Texas

2021 Distinguished Benefactor Alumni Award Winner

Dr. and Mrs. Ken Mattox, BS'60
Retired Chief of Staff, Ben Taub Hospital, Houston, Texas

2021 Alumnus of the Year: To be named Homecoming 2022

Click here to read more about the 2021 winners systemwide.

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