Jonathan Petty named Director of Communications

September 30, 2011

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University is proud to announce the appointment of Jonathan Petty as Director of Communications. Petty advances to the position after serving 8 years as Assistant Director of Communications. Prior to coming to Wayland, he served as Sports Editor for the Plainview Daily Herald, as well as serving stints as the sports, business and design editor of the Hobbs (NM) News-Sun.

Petty is a 1995 graduate of Wayland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications. He joined the Wayland staff in January 2003.

As Assistant Director of Communications, Petty successfully used his skills in graphic design, news and feature writing and photography to effectively communicate with Wayland’s many constituents. In addition to his daily duties, Petty was also instrumental in completing several major projects. He wrote and directed Wayland’s Centennial DVD, The Wayland Story. In collaboration with University Historian, Dr. Estelle Owens, he wrote and designed, The Wayland Century: 100 Years of Presidents, Policies and Pictures.

Petty is well known as the public address announcer at Wayland athletic events and for his online play-by-play and color commentary for Wayland baseball. He also has served as the program speaker for local area civic organization. Petty has completed Public Information Officer training through the Texas Department of Public Safety Division of Emergency Management.

He is an active member of First Baptist Church and the Noon Optimist Club, where he supervises the Girls Optimist Softball League program.

Petty, who completed the Master of Arts in Management degree in 2009, has won press awards in design, writing and photography. He also has experience in the administrative areas of budgeting, scheduling, planning and supervision at Wayland.

“Jonathan will continue the level of excellence that he has helped create as a team member in the office of communications at Wayland,” said Dr. Bobby Hall, Executive Vice President and Provost. “He has a deep understanding of the Wayland system and the needs not only in Plainview, but also across our external campuses. He has worked diligently throughout his career to prepare himself for this opportunity and I have great confidence that he will do an outstanding job.”

Jonathan is married to Mindy Petty, also a 1995 graduate of Wayland. She teaches third grade at Edgemere Elementary in Plainview and is working on her master’s degree in counseling. They have one daughter, Karissa, a sixth-grader at Ash Elementary.