Board of trustees approves new budget, rise in tuition, promotions

Release Date: March 28, 2008

PLAINVIEW – During its regular March meeting, the Board of Trustees at Wayland Baptist University approved a new budget of nearly $50 million for the 2008-09 fiscal year and a rise in tuition systemwide.

Totaling $49.7 million, the new budget reflects an increase in salaries and benefits, which covers pay raises for employees and several new positions throughout Wayland’s 13 campuses.  The biggest increase came in the area of equipment, software/computers and improvements.

With the new budget comes approval of a rise in tuition on all campuses within the WBU system. Undergraduate tuition will be $380 per semester hour in Plainview and $185 per hour on the external campuses and $265 per hour for Virtual Campus and ITV courses. Currently, those rates are $355, $170 and $250, respectively. Tuition for nursing courses at the San Antonio campus will remain at $270 per hour.

On the graduate side, tuition will go from $285 to $310 per hour in Plainview, $205 to $220 per hour on the external campuses, and from $285 to $300 per hour for Virtual Campus and ITV classes. Concurrent students – those attending while still in high school – will pay $15 more for a total of $115 per course in Plainview and $185 per course for external campuses. Summer tuition in Plainview will remain at half-price for the four three-week microterm sessions beginning in May.

In addition, a $9 per hour technology fee will be added on each campus to cover the increasing costs of providing classroom computers and lab facilities for students.

In other business, trustees approved promotions for three professors on the Plainview campus and conferred emeritus status on two longtime professors retiring in May. Dr. Leah Cole in math, Dr. George Valentine in business, and Dr. Tim Walsh in physical science will all be promoted to associate professor status with the new catalog year in July.

Dr. J. Hoyt Bowers and Dr. Gerald Thompson will be promoted to emeritus professors of biological sciences and science, respectively, with the new year. Both are retiring in May, Bowers with 45 years of service to Wayland and Thompson with 41. Retirement receptions are planned for April 3 for Bowers and April 11 for Thompson, celebrating their legacy of service. Both were awarded lifetime service awards from the Association of Former Students at February’s homecoming events.

Trustees also approved a summer and fall sabbatical for Dr. Gary Manning, professor of religion, for the purpose of writing and publishing a textbook for the religion course titled “Spiritual Formation.”

The board welcomed four new members to its ranks, including Tommy Lyons, a Wayland graduate who is minister of music at Northeast Baptist Church in San Antonio; Pat Crawford, an interior designer in Amarillo; Dr. Michael Tschoepe, an ophthalmologist in New Braunfels; and Dr. Steve Vernon, pastor of First Baptist Church in Levelland and a previous board member.