Trustees hear reports, scholarship dedication at fall meeting

October 29, 2010

PLAINVIEW – The Board of Trustees at Wayland Baptist University approved graduation candidates, a positive financial audit report and new board members during its regular fall meeting held Thursday. They also heard several reports about the new men’s dormitory coming in the future and progress on work on campus facilities, such as the roofing to Gates Hall and the new gas lines in parts of the campus.

The highlight of the trustee luncheon was the dedication of a new endowed scholarship in the name of a former university administrator, Dr. Glenn Barnett, regarded by many at Wayland as directly responsible for keeping the doors to the university open during the serious downtown in the 1980s.

Barnett served as interim president from 1987-89 and was instrumental in putting Wayland back on solid economic footing during a difficult time. During his tenure, he restructured the debt at WBU and laid the foundation for a stronger faculty voice with the establishment of the Faculty Assembly.

The Glenn Barnett Endowed Scholarship was established several years ago to benefit education majors and honor a longtime educator and administrator. It was completed recently and is now able to be fully endowed and can begin to draw interest for student scholarships. 

Barnett received his education degree from Teachers College of Kansas City in 1937, then went on to earn the master’s degree in 1939 and the doctorate in 1943, both from the University of Missouri. After teaching in public schools, he was Assistant Executive Secretary of the Educational Policies Commission of the National Education Association and the American Association of School Administrators. He served in administrative capacities at the University of California-Berkeley, University of Texas, University of Colorado and as executive vice president at Texas Tech.

A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, Barnett and his wife, Eva Dale, had one son, Bob Barnett; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. He died Jan. 9, 1996, at the age of 80.

             Longtime friends and Emeritus Professor of Biology Dr. Gerald Thompson and wife Marilyn represented the Barnett family in accepting the scholarship honor for a great leader still heralded by many in the Wayland family.

“Those of us who lived through the period when Dr. Barnett was president referred to him as the ‘Methodist Moses.’ He led us out of the wilderness of debt that threatened to close Wayland’s doors,” said Dr. Thompson. “Like Dr. McDonald during the Great Depression, Dr. Barnett’s calm, purposeful demeanor gave most of the faculty and staff the courage to hang on and pray for a brighter day. I am sure he would be pleased to have a scholarship for students dedicated in his name.”

During the afternoon board meeting, trustees approved Plainviewan Dr. Gene Meacham to take over the vacant seat of board secretary, moving him from current assistant secretary, and to name Randy Kaufman of Plainview as assistant secretary. Other current officers were elected for a second term, including chairman Don Jackson of Amarillo and vice chairman Dr. Gary Abercrombie of Plainview.

Pending approval at the Nov. 8 meeting of Texas Baptists, the board also approved the naming of trustees to fill three board-elected positions expiring in 2010. Delbert McDougal and Rose Mediano, both of Lubbock, were elected to serve another three-year term as they are eligible to do so, and Dr. Ted Sanders of Plainview was elected to fill the expired term of Gen. Edgar Murphy of Lubbock, who has served three consecutive terms and must sit out at least a year before returning on the board.

Trustees approved the nomination of five members to be reelected and four individuals for new terms to expire in 2013, pending approval at the Texas Baptists meeting. The individuals represent convention-elected board positions and must be approved by the state convention body. Returners would include Abercrombie, Danny Campbell of Midland, Pat Crawford of Amarillo, Tommy Lyons of San Antonio and Bob Moody of Lubbock. New members would include Rev. Ken Coffee of San Antonio (who has previously served on the board), Ella Prichard of Corpus Christi, Dr. Jeff Raines of Amarillo, and Randy Stark of Quitaque.

Outgoing board members were honored at the luncheon as well. Those include David Foote of Dalhart, Dr. Carl Hall of McKinney, Gen. Robert Herring of San Antonio, Murphy, and Hon. William Sowder of Lubbock. All have served their maximum limit before sitting out a year from the board.

The board will meet again in March.