Wayland kicks off Impact 2020

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University officials are excited to kick off the Impact 2020 capital campaign that focuses on providing students with a safe and comfortable learning environment. The Offices of Advancement will be working on the campaign that was officially unveiled at the annual Evening with the President Saturday evening.

Over the next five years, the university will seek to raise $14 million to apply toward updating facilities and providing a comfortable, safe and secure university where students can learn and grow both professionally and personally. Throughout the years, Wayland’s impact has been evident in the students’ lives. This campaign is designed to improve student facility and study areas, including infrastructure like plumbing, air conditioning and overall safety.

“This may not be the most glamorous capital campaign,” said Executive Director of Advancement Mike Melcher, “but it is certainly one that will impact thousands of lives.”

Campaign objectives include:

  • Remodeling parts of Gates Hall including restrooms and preparing unused space for offices.
  • Renovating the Moody Science Building
  • Renovating three women’s residence halls to make the structures more energy efficient, update HVAC systems and replace shower facilities
  • Repairing or replacing the “concrete prairie,” the concrete expanse between the library, science building and university center
  • Construction of a new weight room for student athletes
  • Repairing roofs on the Plainview, Amarillo and San Antonio campuses
  • Replacing the main sewer line
  • Repairing campus parking lots
  • The renovation of the science building comes with an initiative to name the School of Mathematics and Sciences after Dr. Kenneth Mattox, a 1960 Graduate of Wayland who serves as the Chief of Staff and Ben Taub General Hospital in Houston.

Dr. Mattox has received numerous recognitions and awards throughout the years. He is a distinguished Service Professor of the Micheal E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He has been a visiting professor or consultant at more than 800 medical schools, hospitals or health care systems. He is a member of 30 professional organizations, is past president of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, secretary-treasurer of the DeBakey International Surgical Society, past president of the Houston Surgical Society and the Texas Surgical Society. He has been listed in Best Doctors in America and Best Doctors in Houston. He has received several distinguished surgeon awards. He has written more than 15 books, 600 scientific articles and “about 1,000 abstracts,” and has a ground-breaking surgical procedure named after him.

While the Impact 2020 campaign does not directly include the construction of a new Bible building, it does incorporate most of what was included in the previous capital campaign initiative that stalled with the waning economy several years ago. University officials said, however, that the Bible building and the School of Religion and Philosophy remain as a future goal. Impact 2020 simply shifts priority focus to those areas that are in need of immediate attention.

For more information about Impact 2020, contact the Offices of Advancement at 806-291-3425.