Trustees grant degree, approve website expenditures
October 24, 2014
PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University trustees met in their regularly scheduled fall meeting on Thursday. Individual committees met Thursday morning with action being taken during the afternoon session.
Two major actions items were the approval of an honorary doctorate, as well as the approval of using some available unbudgeted funds to begin the process of building a new website.
Trustees approved unanimously the granting of an honorary Doctor of Letters degree in Outstanding Service to Humanity to General Leroy Sisco (retired) in San Antonio. General Sisco spent 42 years as Commander of the Texas State Guard, Deputy Commander of the 49th Armored Division and Assistant Adjutant General. He has been a friend and supporter of Wayland Baptist University in San Antonio for years. The degree will be awarded at the San Antonio campus December graduation ceremony.
Board members also approved a request by the administration to use $280,000 in available undesignated funds for website redesign and integrated marketing plans. The website is a vital part of recruiting and retention and is in need of updating. Led by Dr. Claude Lusk, Vice President of Enrollment Management, a committee has heard presentation from four groups interested in undertaking the rebuilding process. It is estimated a complete rebuild of the website could take approximately a year to complete.
The integrated marketing component will also look at social media and other avenues through which Wayland can better market its programs as a whole.
The available undesignated funds came from an account that was set up to fund another university project. The original project cost less than what had been earmarked, and permission from the Board was needed to utilize the funds for the new project.
In other business, the Board of Trustees approved moving forward with the construction of the Jimmy Dean Museum. Lavin Architects in Amarillo have completed the plans and a contractor has been hired. Construction on the museum should begin soon.
The Jimmy Dean Museum is being funded by a $5 million gift from the Jimmy Dean Foundation. Actual construction costs are estimated at $4 million with $1 million funding an endowment for maintenance and operational costs for the museum.
The Board also approved candidates for graduation pending the completion of academic programs, recommendation of graduation from faculty and inclusion on the official graduation list kept in the Registrar’s Office.