Wayland honors two trustees for support

Wayland Baptist University honored two of its trustees recently with the Keeper of the Flame Award, recognizing financial gifts in excess of $100,000.

Terri and Joe Jesko of Arlington and Yvonne Franklin of Amarillo were presented with crystal pieces honoring their contributions and support during the Board of Trustees luncheon held March 28 on the Plainview campus.

Franklin served three three-year terms on the board previously, then came on again in 1999 after sitting out the required year. She is now in the last year of her fourth term. She and husband James are retired.

"Mrs. Franklin was instrumental in funding the new women's dormitory on the Plainview campus, of which one wing bears her name. She is a well-known and generous philanthropist in Amarillo and is a strong supporter of the arts," said Dr. Russ Gibbs, vice president for institutional advancement at Wayland.

The Jeskos, both Wayland graduates, are counselors and are active in civic and church work in Arlington. Mrs. Jesko is in her second year of her second three-year term on the Board of Trustees. Joe received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Association of Former Students in 2000.

"The Jeskos have created endowed scholarships and have made significant contributions to capital campaigns including the women's dorm and the student activity center," Gibbs said. "Wayland is honored to have the Franklins' and the Jeskos' service and leadership at the university and deeply appreciates their generous support."