Former presidents to visit during Heritage Chapel

Release Date: January 20, 2009    

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University will welcome back two of its former presidents to the annual Heritage Chapel service slated for Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Harral Auditorium.

The annual event focuses on some aspect of history of the university, and in the centennial year, the chapel will involve memories shared by two former leaders. Dr. Lanny Hall, who served as president from 1989-91 and now is president at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, will be a guest speaker, as will Dr. Wallace Davis, Wayland president from 1991-2001 and chancellor from 2001-03. He was named chancellor emeritus at his retirement.

Dr. Paul Armes, current president, will speak as well, highlighting some of Wayland’s former first ladies and their roles in the presidency. Other members of the Wayland administration will lead prayers and read scripture.

The chapel service, which is open to the public, will also feature special music by the International Choir, performing the first movement from the Centennial anthem, Dreams and Realities. The centennial hymn, Great is Thy Faithfulness, will also be sung.

Of the 13 presidents in Wayland’s history, only four former leaders are living. Dr. David Jester, who served from 1981-87, and Dr. Roy McClung, who served from 1963-81, were unable to attend the chapel service.