School of Education honors influential faculty 

February 28, 2011

PLAINVIEW – The Don Williams School of Education at Wayland Baptist University honored four faculty members on Friday as the inaugural members of the Education Hall of Honor.

Plaques bearing the likeness and accomplishment highlights of the four are now hung on the wall in the first floor of the Van Howeling Education Complex, located at 8th and Quincy Streets.

Emeritus Professors Dr. Virginia Harris, Dr. Patricia Herman and Dr. Georgia Flanagan were included in the first honor class, along with Pat Buchanan, currently an associate professor of exercise and sport science who plans to retire in May 2011 after 31 years of service on Wayland’s faculty. He was honored with the Distinguished Lifetime Service Award by the Association of Former Students earlier on Friday during the homecoming chapel.

Dr. Jim Todd, dean of the School of Education, said the honor hall was something the school had wanted to do for years and it seemed a fitting time to do it on the day Buchanan was already being honored. The reception that followed the brief induction ceremony also honored Paulette Manning, who had earlier received the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from Wayland. Manning is assistant superintendent for federal programs with the Plainview Independent School District.

“This is a great way to honor our retirees with at least 15 years of service here,” Todd said. “This honors people who’ve made an impact and given their lives to Wayland. It’s a way to thank those who blazed a path for us.”

Harris served on the Wayland faculty in education from 1987-2005, lovingly referred to during the ceremony as an expert on children’s literature. She lives in Lubbock. The plaque referred to Harris as “Dedicated teacher, Expert in children’s literature, Supporter of students in education, Loving and caring coworker, Respected mentor of student teachers, Treasured by students and peers.”

Herman came to Wayland from school work in Hawaii, starting at the Hawaii campus in 1990 before coming to the Plainview campus. She worked until 1998, then again from 2001-09 before retiring. She has been active in prison ministry and is currently a volunteer with Exodus Prison Ministry in Lubbock, where she lives. Her plaque reads, “Dedicated professor, Committed to students, Sponsor of Kappa Delta Pi National Honor Society, National leader in literacy and elementary education, Outstanding service at Hawaii and Plainview Campuses.”

Flanagan served as dean of the Wichita Falls campus for Wayland from 1990-2004 and as a professor of vocational education. She was the Education Services Officer at Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls for several years before joining the WBU family in 1989, retiring from that role in 2004. In her introduction of Flanagan, who was unable to attend due to health issues, Dr. Elane Seebo noted that in her time as ESO she had 53 management improvement suggestions incorporated into the education processes for the base, some throughout the Air Force and some at the full Department of Defense level. Her plaque reads, “Innovator, foresighted, mentor to staff, faculty and students; Developed opportunities for education for military members and their families; Established standards for superior achievement in nontraditional education programs; Professor and Dean of the Wayland Baptist University Wichita Falls campus.”

Buchanan came to the WBU faculty in 1980 after being a teacher and coach in Plainview, where he also grew up. Since then, he has taught numerous classes in physical education and the activity courses, including karate and recreational shooting among many others. His Hall of Honor plaque reads, “Committed to quality and development of a professional Exercise and Sports Science program for 31 years, Responsive to students and to the university, Instrumental in the development of curriculum in health and physical education.”