Retired colonel to lead Wayland's San Antonio campus

Retired Air Force Colonel James L. Antenen was named the new dean at the San Antonio campus of Wayland Baptist University, effective Sept. 3. He replaces Dr. Dillard Whitis, who retired after serving 19 years with WBU and seeing the San Antonio campus through several moves and extensive growth.

Antenen comes to Wayland from a position as management development consultant with San Antonio-based USAA. He also served three years as executive vice president and then president of the Community College of the Air Force - with a student enrollment of 600,000 - and was commander of the occupational measurement center at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio.

According to Dr. Bill Hardage, executive vice president at Wayland, Antenen's military background, experience in post-secondary administration and his business and public relations training will serve the ever-growing San Antonio campus well.

"Dr. Antenen emerged from the search as the person at this point in time to lead the San Antonio campus to the next level," Hardage said. "He is well trained, has great experience and most importantly, is very enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead."

Antenen holds a bachelor's degree in graphic arts and journalism from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and earned his Master of Science degree in industrial/vocational technology from Central Missouri State University. He received his Doctor of Education degree in adult and vocational education from Auburn University in 1986.

With more than 25 years experience leading education and training organizations, Antenen also brings teaching experience, having served as assistant professor at Indiana University and as an adjunct professor at both the University of the Incarnate Word and St. Mary's University. He has had many articles published, dealing with organizational management, leadership, adult education and military issues.

WBU - San Antonio moved to a new facility on Interstate 35 North in October 2000 and expects to expand in the near future. Enrollment at the campus peaked around 1,500 during the spring, making it Wayland's most populous campus. The campus offers evening classes catering toward working adults who are earning a bachelor's degree. San Antonio also offers master's degrees in business, religion and management.