Armes announces plans for retirement, Board approves budget
April 23, 2015
PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University President Dr. Paul Armes announced to the WBU Board of Trustees Thursday afternoon and to the Wayland employees Friday morning, his plans to retire, affective June 30, 2016.
Dr. Armes and his wife, Duanea have served Wayland for 15 years, and plans to spend the next 15 months ensuring a productive transition into a new administration. The Board of Trustees has already put together a search committee and will begin the search for Armes’ replacement immediately.
In other business at the spring board meeting, trustees approved a $65.9 million budget, reflecting nearly a 3% decrease (approximately $1.9 million) from the previous fiscal year. The new budget includes a tuition increase and a new, fixed-tuition option. Undergraduate students on the Plainview campus will see an increase of $30 per credit hour -- $90 for a three-hour course. The new rate, $525 per hour, will take effect in August.
The new fixed-tuition option gives incoming freshmen the opportunity to lock in their tuition rate for a four-year period as long as they are continuously enrolled as a full time student. This option will also let them lock in a dorm rate for Jimmy Dean, Owen and Davis Halls. While those three dorms are reserved for upperclassmen, when students become eligible to move in, they will pay the rate that was in place during their freshmen year.
The fixed-tuition rate is $570 per hour, which is more than the current tuition rate, but, should trends persist, will be a lower during their last few years at Wayland. In essence, the student will pay more at first, but save money in the long run. Students will also receive one free, three-hour course after completing 30 hours in the program.
Undergraduate tuition at the external campuses will remain the same, $262 per hour, with military tuition holding steady at $250 per hour, the maximum amount for military tuition assistance.
Graduate tuition will increase to $330 per credit hour. The School of Nursing tuition is set at $385 per hour, and the Master of Science in Nursing program tuition will increase to $435 per hour.
Undergraduate tuition for Wayland’s online programs will remain the same at $348 per credit hour, while graduate tuition will increase to $440 per hour.
In other business, the trustees voted to:
- Approve spring graduates
- Sell unused property in Lubbock, San Antonio and Plainview
- Purchase property on the northwest corner of Quincy and 5th streets
- Transfer eligible investment funds from the Baptist Foundation of Texas to Well Fargo
- Approve the following faculty promotions:
- Dr. Scott Franklin to Professor of Mathematics
- Dr. Jim Waller to Professor of English
- Dr. Brian Kuhnert to Associate Professor of Voice and Opera/Musical Theatre
- Dr. Justin Lawrence to Associate Professor of Justice and Public Administration
- Dr. Brian McClenagan to Associate Professor of Counseling and Psychology
- Dr. Robert Moore to Associate Professor of Chemistry
- Dr. Chris Truitt to Associate Professor of Chemistry
- Approve the granting of Emeritus Professor of Education status to Dr. June Hogue
- Approve an extended sabbatical for Dr. Marti Runnels who proposes to research and identify methodologies and practices in marticipatory worship service
- Approve the re-ordering of the capital campaign to initially focus on facility improvements
- Elect Frances Barrera to the Board of Trustees