Young returns to Wayland Baptist University

August 8, 2013

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University Executive Director of Advancement Mike Melcher announced that a familiar face was returning to Wayland. Teresa Young has been named the new Director of Annual Fund.

Young previously spent 11 years as the Director of Communications before leaving Wayland in August of 2011 for a position with Athletes in Action in Xenia, Ohio.

“We are elated that she found her way back to Wayland,” Melcher said. “A little different capacity this time than before, but we are so proud to have her back on the Development Team.”

As Director of Annual Fund, Young will be tasked with raising money for Wayland’s general fund. The general fund consists of undesignated gifts to the university that help offset operational costs. Undesignated gifts are vital to the operation of any non-profit organization. Wayland uses these funds for things such as dorm maintenance and repair, general operation, technology upgrades and more.

“As a WBU graduate with several generations of alums in my family, I have long appreciated the heritage of Wayland and what it means to so many students,” Young said. “I am proud to be able to help Wayland grow and expand her reach for the future.”

Young graduated from Wayland with a bachelor’s degree in communications in 1994. Upon graduation she worked at the Plainview Daily Herald for two years as a photographer and feature writer. From there, she went to work at the Lubbock Avalanche Journal as a feature writer, where she stayed until joining Wayland in July of 2000.

For the past two years, Young and her husband, Tommy, have worked for the faith-based Athletes in Action organization. Young wrote stories for AIA’s communication efforts, including publications and the website. She also directed the social media efforts and worked as a graphic designer and photographer for the organization.

As Director of Communications at Wayland, Young worked directly with the development office, designing promotional pieces for programs such as the annual fund. She earned a master’s degree in communications from Texas Tech University in 2003.