Wayland celebrates Dr. Kent Brooks

April 10, 2014

LUBBOCK – Wayland Baptist University took a moment to recognize Dr. Kent Brooks Thursday afternoon at the Lubbock campus. Dr. Brooks, who has been associated with the campus for the past 29 years, is retiring. A luncheon was held in his honor.

Dr. Brooks has served in several capacities since joining Wayland in 1985. For 19 years he served as Dean and Executive Director of the Lubbock campus and in 2006 transitioned to Director of Development for the campus. Development was a key component to Brooks’ work with Wayland. Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Bobby Hall said his approach to advancement was “insightful, voluntarily adding that duty to his job description and creating a model for other campus executive directors to follow.”

During his time at Wayland, Dr. Brooks was responsible for raising funds and scholarship money from more than 200 businesses, foundations, churches and individuals. Brooks was the driving force behind the Lubbock Lights Gala that raised approximately $60,000 for scholarships on Tuesday night, as well as a fund-raising golf tournament that is held each spring.

Wayland President Dr. Paul Armes congratulated Brooks and thanked him for his years of service, saying he was a valuable part of what Wayland has accomplished throughout the years.

“There is no way we can ever adequately thank you for what you have done and what you have meant to the life of this university,” Armes said, pointing out how diligently Brooks worked to connect Wayland with Lubbock.

Dr. Hall read a citation that will be presented to the Board of Trustees and the spring meeting on April 24, asking that Brooks be granted emeritus status based on his years of service and value to the university.

“When he came to me in ’06 about the development position I told him the most important thing is not what Kent Brooks does at Wayland, but that Kent Brooks is at Wayland,” Hall said.

Lubbock Campus Executive Director Dr. David Bishop announced that a scholarship had already been endowed through donations from friends and students in honor of Dr. Brooks as a lasting reminder of what he has meant to the campus.