English moving to fundraising role as Director of Development

PLAINVIEW – Hope English, who has served as Director of Student Leadership and Involvement at Wayland Baptist University for the past three years, has been named the Director of Development for WBU, effective Aug. 13.

English replaces Martha Cross, who was promoted to Executive Director of Institutional Advancement in June and in that role oversees all fundraising efforts at Wayland.

“Wayland Baptist University is indeed blessed to have a person with Hope English’s skill and expertise. She is genuine and caring, and has a winsome and engaging personality,” said Dr. Paul Armes, WBU President. “Hope has done a wonderful job leading and coordinating our leadership program, and we are indeed fortunate to have her join our Advancement Team under the leadership of Martha Cross.”

A longtime Plainview resident, English came to Wayland after retiring from Plainview Independent School District, where she taught for 15 years and then served as coordinator of advanced academic for 15 years. In the student leadership position, English helped implement a special leadership class for freshmen, working with the concurrent enrollment program, started the High Plains Leadership Summit held in the fall, which will be held for the third year on Sept. 28, 2007. She also helped develop the Degree of Difference Day, an annual event aimed at involving students and employees in community service, in partnership with the Office of Communications. That event will be held for the second year on Sept. 29 and more than 14 agencies are involved.

In her new role, English will be responsible for making visits with potential and current donors to the university, of specific significance as the university prepares for its centennial celebration and campaign in August 2008. English will continue to serve as chair of the Centennial Celebration through the next two years.

“Having worked here for several years and being familiar with the Wayland story, Hope will be an asset to our department,” said Cross. “She is also a longtime resident of West Texas and knows people here, and she loves Wayland, which is also a plus.”

A graduate of the University of North Texas and Plainview High School, English has two sons, Chad and Brent. She is a member of First Baptist Church and teaches in the SinglePoint ministry there. She is also an active community volunteer, working with the Hale County Literacy Council and Habitat for Humanity.