Longtime school administrator to be honored with WBU leadership award 

February 12, 2010   

PLAINVIEW – Vernon Norris of Plainview will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Leadership Award by his alma mater, Wayland Baptist University, during homecoming chapel slated for 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 26.

Norris is a member of the Golden Anniversary class of 1960, coming to Wayland from Springfield, Ore., to sing in the International Choir. Since graduation, Norris has been involved in education on several levels.

He taught history at Plainview High School, later serving as dean there. He then was principal at Highland Elementary before becoming Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Plainview Independent School District in 1978. Eight years later, Norris was named Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Administration, serving until his retirement in 1994. He then served at Wayland as director of external programs until 2003. He taught adjunctly in history and government from 2003-09. 

Norris holds a master’s degree in history from Texas Tech University.

He has been a longtime member of First Baptist Church, singing in the worship choir for 35 years, and is a former president of the Plainview Lions Club. He has also served on the boards of the Salvation Army and the United Way.

Norris and wife Kathy, a retired teacher and principal, have three children: Kimberly Massey of Plainview, Dale Haralson of Fort Worth and Dana Myers of Hot Springs, Ark., and four grandchildren.

Norris will receive his award at the traditional chapel service honoring all distinguished alumni for the homecoming year. The chapel is the kickoff for a two-day homecoming event which includes a banquet, luncheons, reunions for classes ending in zero, athletic events and Hall of Honor inductions, theatre productions, art shows and receptions.

For more information on WBU homecoming, call (806) 291-3603 or visit the Web site at www.wbu.edu/alumni.