McClenagan named Vice President at Wayland

PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University has named Dr. Cindy McClenagan the new Vice President for Academic Affairs. She has served as the Dean of the School of Languages and Literature at Wayland since 2008.

As VPAA, McClenagan will oversee all graduate and undergraduate academic programs to ensure quality and relevance.

Wayland President Dr. Bobby Hall said McClenagan’s qualifications and work experience have well prepared her for the new position. Hall served as McClenagan’s immediate supervisor during his time as Executive Vice President and Provost.

“It has been a privilege to work with Dr. McClenagan throughout her tenure as dean of the School of Languages and Literature, where she has provided excellent leadership and prepared herself well for this senior administrative appointment,” Hall said. “She has proven herself capable of developing innovative and excellent educational programs across multiple delivery platforms and geographical locations, hiring excellent faculty members, dealing with difficult challenges, and working collaboratively across all elements of the university system.

“I am confident that Dr. McClenagan’s vision and leadership will propel Wayland’s academic programs to even greater heights and look forward to continuing our work together in her new role.”

McClenagan earned her doctorate in English at Texas Tech University in 2002, specializing in 20th Century American Literature. She received her master’s degree from Tech in 1998. McClenagan also holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science that she completed in 1993 at the University of Iowa. Her undergraduate work was done at Luther College in Iowa.

McClenagan came to Wayland in 1993 as a Collection Development and Reference Librarian, also teaching research courses. She progressed through the ranks, being named Assistant Professor of English in 1999. She earned Associate Professor status in 2004. A year later, McClenagan was promoted to Professor of English and was named Division Chair of Languages and Literature, a position she held until 2008 when Wayland transitioned to a school model and she was named Dean of the School of Languages and Literature.

McClenagan has taught a wide range of topics within the School and has been in charge of the daily operations of the School across Wayland’s 14 campuses. Her oversite included planning and managing budgets, scheduling classes, and hiring, supervising and evaluating faculty and staff. She was responsible for initiating and implementing new academic programs such as the Master of Arts in English and Master of Arts in Humanities. Under her leadership, the School developed curriculum in three additional languages (American Sign Language, Chinese and Latin) to go along with Spanish, German and French. She also oversaw the development of new specializations within the School, including cross-disciplinary minors in professional writing and film.

McClenagan is married to Dr. Brian McClenagan, a psychology professor in Wayland’s School of Behavioral and Social Sciences. They are members of the First United Methodist Church and have two sons, Kyle, 15, and Jackson, 11.