Trustees approve strategic plans for San Antonio, recognize member

The Board of Trustees at Wayland Baptist University approved two separate resolutions during its fall meeting Thursday aimed at taking Wayland's San Antonio campus into the future.

After a brief presentation from George Vaughn, a principal with the Rehler, Vaughn and Koone architecture firm of San Antonio, trustees approved a conceptual master plan for the campus which allows for expansion throughout the 32-acre tract acquired in the city. The San Antonio campus has a 33,000 square foot facility opened in the fall of 2000, and the plan allows for facilities such as classroom spaces, a library, dining areas and others to be added as needed. The plan also included the concept of a four-story clock tower with Westminster chimes to be constructed at the entrance of the current facility, which would serve as an identifier for the campus off Interstate 35.

In accepting the master plan, trustees also noted that Vaughn's firm would be used to design specific facilities within the plan.

Board members also approved an amended strategic plan for the campus, developed by an Advisory Council composed of residents from the San Antonio area. The plan includes considerations for the campus in relation to its four major populations: military and law enforcement, those upgrading their education, those seeking post-baccalaureate teacher certification and those called into ministry. Provisions were made in the way of academics and degree offerings, administration and faculty, and facilities to accommodate a growing student population. The campus enrolled 1,401 students this fall and anticipates enrollment to exceed 2,000 students in 2005.

Planning was done in five-year increments, with provisions by the year 2006 and by the year 2011. Image enhancement for the campus is currently underway, with media campaigns and visits to community service organizations, churches and leading citizens.

Dr. Wallace Davis, chancellor for the Wayland University System, presented the recommendation from the San Antonio Advisory Council, noting their excitement at the future possibilities in the area and how it is spreading.

"The people of San Antonio are proud that Wayland is there and though they still have an allegiance to the other universities there, they think we're filling a niche that others are not," Davis said.

During the meeting, Board Chairman Mark Murdock presented a resolution from the Executive Committee honoring board member Gene Owen, who has served as a trustee for more than 25 years and provides legal counsel to the board. Owen, a local attorney, is the son of the late Dr. A. Hope Owen, the university's seventh president. He has also shown support for Wayland through the years through financial gifts and time.

"Mr. Gene Owen, through countless acts of service, has exhibited a lifetime of commitment to his church, to his country, to his community, to his fellow man and to Wayland Baptist University," Murdock read at the presentation, which was a surprise to Owen. "His service to Wayland has been grounded in a deeply held belief in the promise, the dignity and the value of all who make us this learning community."

During the luncheon prior to the main board meeting, outgoing members were recognized and presented plaques of appreciation. Those include Tom Brian of Crosbyton, the Honorable Warren Chisum of Pampa, the Honorable Jack Hightower of Austin, Sharleen Formby Rhoads of Midland and Dr. Charles Vandiver of Dimmitt. Each have served three three-year terms, first elected in 1992