Religion professor receives faculty award

PLAINVIEW – Dr. Gary Manning, professor of religion at Wayland Baptist University, was honored with the Maloney Faculty Award on Wednesday during Wayland’s annual Heritage Chapel ceremony.

Established by WBU-Phoenix faculty member Dr. Mary Maloney, the award recognizes outstanding faculty members for their academic leadership and excellence, Christian commitment and contributions to the lives of students. It carries with it a monetary award as well.

Manning was nominated for the award by Dr. Fred Meeks, chairman of the Division of Religion and Philosophy. In his nomination, Meeks called Manning a role model for students.

“He is a loving husband, caring and nurturing father and a devout disciple of Jesus Christ,” Meeks wrote. “His professional expertise and authentic concern for students is truly a treasure that they normally grow to realize and appreciate.”

Meeks also said Manning’s work and ministry has had a profound impact on area churches and church members and said that experience is beneficial to students.

“I believe this fact is critically important for one who teaches ministry students. There is credibility in his teaching that comes from the fact that he has done ministry and still does it,” Meeks wrote.

An employee at Wayland since 1982, Manning also is director of the In-Service Guidance program for ministerial students and has served previously as golf coach. He has a bachelor’s degree from Howard Payne University and both the Master of Religious Education and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

He and wife Paulette, who works for the Plainview Independent School District, have two grown children, Tammy and Troy.