Wayland trustees appoint search committee
July 10, 2015
PLAINVIEW – Mrs. Sally Walker, Chairwoman of the Wayland Baptist University Board of Trustees announced the formation of the presidential search committee, charged with recommending a replacement for outgoing President Dr. Paul Armes.
Dr. Armes, who announced his retirement, has been at Wayland since February 2001. During his presidency, Wayland has experienced growth, reaching a record enrollment of nearly 7,000 students in 2012. The university budget grew from $25 million to $65 million, and Wayland developed a mission center and began offering bachelor’s degrees in religion in Kenya, Africa. The university has added a number of undergraduate and graduate programs and will soon begin offering its first doctoral program. Armes will retire in June 2016.
Chaired by Mr. Rick Breeden, a 1991 Wayland graduate and member of the board since 2013, the newly established search committee is in the process of putting together a profile and search criteria for the new president. The criteria will be based on what the committee, the board, and the university community as a whole feels to be the most important issues facing Wayland. First and foremost, however, Breeden said the successful individual must be a Christian.
“We are looking for someone who is committed to faith-based higher education,” Breeden said. “We know that God has a plan for the future president of Wayland and we are just trying to serve as stewards in that plan and see where the process goes.”
Walker said the Board of Trustees has every confidence that the committee will find the best candidate for the position. The incoming president will face common issues in higher education that include an increasingly competitive environment, as well as maintaining the university’s core Christian values.
“It has become pressing that we provide an education to our students that includes a firm Christian base and environment as they prepare for their future,” Walker said. “They are God's missionaries entrusted to us. I am excited to discover who the next person will be that will lead us in this endeavor.”
The committee has already begun the search process and ideally would like to have a new president in place prior to Dr. Armes’ departure in June.
The Search Committee includes:
- Rick Breeden, chairman of the search committee and a 1991 graduate of Wayland, President of the Baptist Foundation of New Mexico, member of the board of trustees since 2013
- Dr. Ted Sanders, vice-chairman of the committee and a board members since 2013, President Emeritus of the Education of the States, United States Deputy Secretary of Education and Acting U. S. Secretary of Education, former university president of Southern Illinois University, President of the Education Committee of the States and most recently, served as the executive chairman of the Cardean Learning Group, LLC, 1964 Wayland graduate
- Dr. Joe Jeskco, a 1968 Wayland graduate who works as a consultant in Arlington and a member of the board since 2010
- Robert Kollman, owner of several Chicken Express franchises, serving in his first year on the board of trustees
- Rose Mediano, retired educator and 1968 graduate of Wayland, serving in her second term on the board
- Dr. Vernon Stokes, retired educator and 1959 graduate of Wayland, in his second term on the board of trustees
- Dr. Michael Tschoepe, an ophthalmologist from San Antonio and a member of the board of trustees since 2007
- Mrs. Sally Walker, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees, 1981 graduate of Wayland, electrical-mechanical wholesale distributor.
- Dr. Estelle Owens, a 1974 graduate of Wayland and Dean of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences
- Dr. Paul Sadler, Dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy
- Dr. D.L. Lowrie, member of the board from 1994-2002 and 2005-2007, former Executive Director of the Tennessee Baptist Convention, past President of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, former pastor of First Baptist Church and Calvary Baptist Church in Lubbock