Dorm to be named in honor of former president

PLAINVIEW - The women's dormitory constructed in 2001 at Wayland Baptist University will finally have a name.

In their March 27 meeting, trustees approved a proposal from Dr. Russ Gibbs, vice president for institutional advancement, that the new dorm be named the Wallace and Patsy Davis Hall in honor of Davis' accomplishments while president and chancellor of Wayland.

"Building a new women's dormitory was initiated, designed and completed under Dr. Davis' leadership," said Gibbs. "To name Wayland's newest dorm after the Davises is a fitting tribute to their passion and love for this university."

Davis came to Wayland in the summer of 1991 as president, helping the university institute a series of strategic planning initiatives called Spanning the Centuries, which was highlighted by completion of the Mabee Learning Resources Center in 1996. During his 11-year tenure, he helped oversee campus renovations designed to create a more consistent campus look and feel. Those projects included façade work at Harral Memorial Auditorium, Hutcherson Physical Education Center and the Van Howeling Education Complex, which was also completely renovated to house the university's education and academic achievement departments and the Baptist Student Ministries.

Constructed in the summer of 2001, the women's dormitory features 46 rooms in a suite format, with a shared living room space joining each pair of rooms. The rooms have a private bath and closet space. The dorm also has a laundry room and kitchen facility as well as a large lobby area. It is currently restricted to students who are upperclassmen.

Davis retired May 31, 2002 after serving two years as the chancellor for the Wayland system. He and wife Patsy, a Wayland graduate, live in Salado.