Homecoming festivities include alumni awards

PLAINVIEW - Several outstanding alumni from Wayland Baptist University will be honored Friday during homecoming festivities. Alums Earl Greathouse, Betty Donaldson, Joel Boyd and Caleb Oladipo and benefactor Troy Mays with the Mays Foundation will receive awards during the traditional homecoming chapel service at 11 a.m. in Harral Memorial Auditorium.

A retired commander with the U.S. Navy, Earl Greathouse will receive the Distinguished Service Alumni Award. A native of Dimmitt, Greathouse earned a degree in speech and radio in 1951 and immediately joined the Navy. He served in the Korean War and entered the Naval Reserve in 1955. He then worked as television producer/director at stations in Waco, Bryan, Tyler and Dallas. He earned his master's degree from Baylor University and served as television instructor at the University of Texas and Texas A&M University.

Greathouse returned to active duty in 1967 during the Vietnam War.   He served as chief of the TV branch at the Defense Information School in Fort Harrison, Ind. for two years, public affairs officer for the commander of the naval base in Subic Bay, Philippines for two years, and in 1971 moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he served for four years as community relations officer to the commander in chief of the U.S. Forces Pacific Headquarters (USCINCPAC). He later worked as chief of the community relations division in the USCINCPAC Public Affairs Office and as public affairs officer for the Hawaii Naval Reserve Program. Greathouse retired from the U. S. Navy with the rank of Commander in 1988 and from civil service in 1992. He and wife B.J., who served for 14 years as a voice teacher at the University of Hawaii, have two grown children.

Donaldson will receive the Distinguished Leadership Alumni Award. A native of Wellington who played for the Flying Queens, Betty Courtney Donaldson earned her bachelor's degree from Wayland in 1965 and a master of education degree in 1989. She began teaching in 1969 in the Frenship Independent School District, earning "Teacher of the Year" honors twice. She eventually became a principal in the district and later the assistant superintendent for administrative services. She also worked for the Allen I.S.D. as associate superintendent and in May 2000, she became associate superintendent of Scottsdale Unified School District in Arizona, responsible for administrative services.  

Donaldson currently works as vice president of Learning Bridges Educational Company in Arizona, after a short time as vice president of Voyager Expanded Learning, a Texas-based company that launched reading initiatives. She is active in her community and church and served on the nominating committee for the Board of Trustees of Wayland Baptist University. At Wayland, Betty met her husband, Larry Donaldson, a member of the Pioneer Track Team, who also graduated in 1969. They have two grown sons.

Boyd will receive the Distinguished Young Alumni Award. A 1997 graduate of Wayland, he completed his undergraduate degree in three years and served as chemistry lab assistant during that time. He graduated with a perfect 4.0 grade point average at the top of his class. He received the Male Citizen of the Year award and was recognized for outstanding achievement in mathematics and chemistry.  

After graduation, Boyd entered the doctoral program at Rice University in Houston and completed work for his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 2001. He received the Harry B. Weiser Research Award in 2001 and the Harry B. Weiser Award for Excellence in Teaching of Chemistry in 1999. In the fall of 2001, Boyd returned to his alma mater as assistant professor of chemistry. He also initiated and instructed a laboratory science program for area homeschool science students. He serves on the Honors Council and as faculty sponsor of the mathematics and science club.

Boyd has done research at Rice University, Texas Tech University and University of New Mexico. As a member of The American Chemical Society, he has contributed research papers and numerous articles to scholarly publications.   Boyd and his wife, Kerri, have two sons: Jeremiah, 2 and Daniel, 4 months.

Oladipo will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award. A native of Nigeria, he earned a degree from Wayland in 1984. He then earned a master's degree from Southeastern Baptist Seminary and from Yale University Divinity School. He earned his doctorate at Baylor University and began teaching there, serving as founder and director of the Baylor in West Africa Program and adjunct professor at Truett Seminary. He has been a visiting professor in Switzerland and an adjunct professor at Yale. He has also lectured at numerous universities around the world.

A prolific writer, Oladipo has one book published and two others in progress. He is a member of many professional organizations and serves on the Commission on Doctrine and Interchurch Cooperation for the Baptist World Alliance. He traveled to the Holy Land in May 2000 as a delegate with the American Committee on Jerusalem. Oladipo is now professor of missions and world Christianity at Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va.

Oladipo and wife Christianah, a nurse, have three children: twins Christopher, a freshman at Baylor, and Caroline, a freshman at Wayland, and Clement, a high school sophomore.

Troy Mays will accept the Distinguished Benefactor Award for the Mays Foundation. As the only living member of the Mays family, Troy represents the family foundation that for nearly 50 years has blessed Wayland with financial support. Troy's father, W.A. Mays, became a major supporter of Wayland Baptist College in the 1950s, when he built Agnes Mays Hall, now a part of Fleming-Mays Tower, in honor of his wife.

The family started their business ventures with an automobile finance company in the late 1930s in Amarillo, eventually selling the company to begin a trading company. Mays and sons Troy and Taylor worked with their father, developing commercial real estate in Amarillo and later opening an automobile dealership.

In 1965, the Mays family established The Mays Foundation, a private foundation formed to own, lease, buy, sell or hold in trust property, and produced income to serve benevolent, charitable, educational or missionary undertakings endorsed by the trustees.   W.A., Bill and Troy were the original trustees and the Foundation was started with $1,000.    Since that time, various family members have contributed to it and there is one Trust that "tithes" to it. Family businesses continue to do well and are being operated by Troy, his two daughters and a son-in-law, Randy and Stacy Mays Sharp, and Karra Mays Hill.   Troy has six grandchildren.