Hall named finalist in Wayland presidential search 

PLAINVIEW – The presidential search committee at Wayland Baptist University has named Bobby Hall, Ed.D., the lone finalist to succeed current president Dr. Paul Armes, who is retiring at the end of June. Hall’s appointment is pending a campus review as well as approval of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees will hold its annual spring meeting on April 28.

According to search committee chairman Rick Breeden, Dr. Hall was among seven candidates interviewed by the committee. He will participate in a campus review on April 22 that will enable him to share his vision for Wayland with the campus community and its constituents.

Dr. Hall has been associated with Wayland for more than 30 years, serving currently as the Executive Vice President and Provost, a position he has held since 2008. He has served in many capacities at Wayland, including assistant executive vice president, director of institutional research and effectiveness, director of graduate services, executive director of university relations, assistant to the president for institutional advancement, director of public relations, and director of career planning and placement.

Dr. Hall holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration (1982) and a master’s degree in management (1985) from Wayland. He earned his Doctor of Education degree in higher education administration at Texas Tech University in 1994. He is also a 2015 graduate of The Council for Independent Colleges’ Executive Leadership Academy.

During Hall’s time as Executive VP and Provost, Wayland has created new degree programs, developed a comprehensive online program, established new teaching sites in multiple states, created WBU’s first doctoral program, implemented a system-wide digital imaging system, and explored international opportunities for Wayland in Japan, Mexico, China, and Brazil. He is also a faculty member in the School of Business. While a full time faculty member he earned the rank of professor of business. He received the university Distinguished Faculty Service Award and Faculty University Service Award. He was instrumental in beginning Wayland’s chapter of Students in Free Enterprise (now ENACTUS), and he has written, spoken, and served as a consultant on topics including higher education administration, institutional effectiveness, economic development, and marketing.