Wayland Baptist University shatters two-year donor record

PLAINVIEW – Just a year after setting a record for the largest number of donors in a single year, Wayland Baptist University’s alumni and friends have surpassed expectations again, setting a new two-year record for contributions.

“During the just completed two-year period, more people gave to Wayland than during any other period in the school’s 115-year history,” said Mike Hammack, Vice President for Advancement. “Momentum continues to build daily.”

The Thrive Campaign, which has already raised more than $14.5 million to support scholarships, programs and other initiatives, is seeing unprecedented support as more friends and alumni come on board. “We still have some distance to go to reach our goals, but more people than ever are supporting our mission of providing Christ-based higher education,” Hammack said.

Dr. Donna Hedgepath, Wayland’s new president, expressed her excitement about the university’s progress. “We are grateful to those who are shouldering the work through their stewardship of God’s blessings. This is a cooperative effort with a growing number of donors entrusting us with the resources God has given them. Even more great things are ahead. We are truly blessed,” she said.

Hammack noted that achieving this two-year record highlights the strong sense of Pioneer pride within the Wayland family “We are deeply moved by the continued support demonstrated again this year,” he said.

“The outpouring of generosity of Wayland’s alumni and friends during the past 24 months has exceeded expectations and provided vital resources to enhance educational opportunities for current and future students at all WBU campuses,” Hammack said “Each gift elevates the quality of the Christian higher education we offer.”

Hammack emphasized the impact of this achievement extends beyond the numbers. “Whether large or small, each contribution represents a shared belief in Wayland and the power of Christian higher education.”