Greene to receive distinguished alumni award at WBU

Release Date: February 8, 2008

PLAINVIEW – Longtime piano teacher and Academy of Fine Arts founder Jeannine Greene of Plainview will be honored with the Distinguished Service Alumni Award at Wayland Baptist University during homecoming festivities Feb. 21-24. Specifically, the awards will be presented during the 11 a.m. chapel slated for Friday, Feb. 22.

After graduating in 1950 from Plainview High School, Greene went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Wayland Baptist College in 1954 and a Master of Music degree from Baylor University in 1957.

Her last two years at Plainview High, she took organ lessons from Guy Woods, who wrote the Wayland Alma Mater. She also taught organ lessons at the college.

She became the pianist for First Baptist Church in Plainview as a junior in high school and, other than her time at Baylor and two years as church organist her last two years at Wayland, she held that job continuously until retiring in 2001. She has also coordinated the Associational Hymn Playing Festival at First Baptist Church Plainview for many years.

Greene had her own private piano studio from 1956-81 and served on the Wayland music faculty from 1981-2000. She started Wayland’s Academy of Fine Arts in 1981, dedicating her talents to a new generation of instrumental and vocal musicians. She also is a strong supporter of the fine arts programs at her Alma Mater.

A promoter and advocate of the fine arts, Greene is current president and longtime board member of the Plainview Community Concerts Association and is currently first vice president and program chairman for the Plainview Musical Arts Club, of which she has been a member since 1957.

Greene has been a member of the Music Teachers National Association, the Texas Music Teachers Association and the Plainview Music Teachers Association since 1955.

She was instrumental in organizing the 1954 Class of Wayland to fund an endowed scholarship for deserving students and has financially contributed to many other Wayland projects.

One of five awards presented during homecoming by the Association of Former Students, the Distinguished Service Alumni Award is given to an alumnus who has made a distinct contribution to Wayland, the church, the community or other organizations, exhibiting distinctive service to justify pride on the part of the university. Recipients should exhibit an individual standard of Christian character, citizenship and ethics and show a long-term commitment to the service of mankind.