Blanchard featured at Wayland's Willson Lectures

January 4, 2012

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University welcomes author and speaker Ken Blanchard on March 27-28 as guest speaker for the annual Willson Lectures.

Blanchard is the author of more than 30 best-selling books, including The One Minute Manager and Lead Like Jesus. Blanchard will be the featured speaker at a special event at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, at Wayland’s Harral Memorial Auditorium. The event will be followed by a reception at the Laney Student Activities Center. There is a $20 charge for the reception with proceeds benefitting student scholarships. All other events are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, March 28, Blanchard will address students at the weekly chapel session at 11 a.m. in Harral Auditorium. He will also be the guest speaker at an afternoon forum at 1:30 p.m. in the Nunn Business Building auditorium.

The Willson Lectures were established in 1950 by gifts from Floydada residents James M. and Mavis Willson. Successful business persons and active community residents, the Willsons were dedicated Methodist laypersons who were active in their local church. In addition, Mr. Willson served as a trustee at McMurry University, Southern Methodist University, and the former Methodist Hospital in Lubbock.

Willson was the recipient of several awards and honors, including honorary doctorates from Texas Wesleyan University and McMurry University. He was given a humanities award from Southwestern College and a merit award from Wayland.

Wayland also nominated him for the Freedom Foundation Award in 1960, which he received in Valley Forge, Pa. He participated in numerous civic organizations, including the West Texas Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, the Masons and the Shriners.

For more information, contact the Office of Communications and Public Relations at 291-3588.