Grand opening of Ben and Bertha Mieth School of Nursing takes place Monday, Aug. 21

PLAINVIEW – Grand opening ceremonies for the new location of Wayland Baptist University’s Ben and Bertha Mieth School of Nursing takes place at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Aug. 21, 2023, at 8300 Pat Booker Road in Live Oak. A ribbon-cutting ceremony, reception and tours follow.

Ben and Bertha Mieth of Glen Rose will be recognized for their gift to the school of nursing, which provides funding for facilities and equipment needs, as well as the creation of additional nursing programs. With their gift, the couple seeks to encourage students interested in the medical field to follow the university’s founder, Dr. J.H. Wayland, who understood the importance of education grounded in faith and service.

Dr. Bobby Hall, President, will formally announce the gift that allowed the school to move to the Live Oak location and prompted the university’s Board of Trustees to name the school in honor of Ben and Bertha Mieth.

Hall said the Mieths understand the impact a nurse can have on the spiritual life of a patient.

Betha Mieth is expected to be on hand to offer a response on behalf of her family.

Ben and Betha Mieth have been a part of the Wayland family since their daughter attended the university. Before Ben served on the Board of Trustees, the couple supported Wayland’s Mission Center. They have previously provided scholarships and established the Ben and Bertha Mieth Professorship in Global Missions.

Dr. Glenn Simmons, Executive Director and Dean of the San Antonio campus, is scheduled to provide a welcome to the San Antonio campus, and Dr. Claude Lusk, Senior Vice President of Operations and Student Life, will offer the dedicatory prayer. Other speakers include Dr. David Bishop, Vice President of External Campuses; Dr. Cindy McClenagan, Vice President of Academic Affairs; and Dr. Rebekah Grigsby, Dean of the Ben and Bertha Mieth School of Nursing.

The event is open to the public and a number of dignitaries will be on hand for the ceremonies.