Trustees honor donor at dedication of new entrance

Officials at Wayland Baptist University lauded several local donors who had a major role in funding the new entrance to the university off Fifth Street during a dedication ceremony on Thursday that was held inside the McClung University Center due to inclement weather.

Harry and Annette Igo Boulevard, as that stretch of Smythe Street is now called, serves as a recognizable entrance to the school from the main thoroughfare through Plainview. The winding street features a landscaped median and side areas with wood and brick fencing, a large brick sign and three flagpoles bearing the American, Texas and WBU flags.

During the brief ceremony, Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Wallace Davis thanked Plainview resident Harry Igo and Katy James, representing the family of the late Bobby James, for their contributions to the entrance and for longtime support of other Wayland projects. Igo donated funds previously for the elevator in the Mabee Learning Resource Center. The James family, who helped fund the brick sign at the new entrance in memory of Bobby James, also provided funding for the brick signs at the Quincy Street entrance to the campus and have several endowed scholarships at the university.

Davis also recognized Mayor Lloyd Woods and the city of Plainview for support in getting the project completed.

Woods presented a certificate of appreciation to Igo for his support of the city and of Wayland as well. Wayland President Dr. Paul Armes presented plaques of thanks to Igo, Woods and James, daughter of Ruth and the late Bobby James, for their gifts and support.

The ceremony was part of a day of meetings by the Wayland Board of Trustees, who held committee meetings during the morning and met during the afternoon for routine business. Trustees approved changes to the WBU bylaws, replacing the term chancellor with president to reflect the organizational changes approved in May upon Davis' retirement. Other business included the annual approval of documents authorizing financial transactions and signatures on legal documents.

Trustees also heard a report from President Armes and approved the nomination of board officers for the year. Delbert McDougal of Lubbock will continue as chair, with Bruce Julian of Perryton as vice chairman, Sally Shaw of Lockney as secretary and Connie McMillian of Lubbock as assistant secretary.

During the noon luncheon, Armes presented gifts of appreciation to several board members whose terms were expiring. They included Gene Owen of Plainview, who has served for 30 years; Yvonne Franklin of Amarillo; Larry Johnson of Odessa; Dr. Jeff Moore of McAllen; Mark Murdock of Lubbock; Mike Milam of San Antonio and Dr. D.L. Lowrie of Lubbock