Wayland names new academic deans

PLAINVIEW – As Wayland Baptist University begins summer preparation for the 2016-17 academic year, three new deans will lead their schools.

Dr. Peter Bowen will take over as Dean of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Dr. Clinton Lowin has been named Dean of the School of Religion and Philosophy and Dr. Gene Whitfill will fill the position of Dean of the School of Education. The appointments will take effect July 1. Their responsibilities will include oversite of academics at all of Wayland campus locations.

Dr. Bowen is replacing Dr. Estelle Owens, who has retired after 41 years of teaching at Wayland. Dr. Bowen, professor of psychology, has been at Wayland since 1994. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Hardin-Simmons in 1988 then attended the University of Rochester where he earned a master’s degree in 1991 and completed his Ph.D. in 1996. Bowen has served as the associate dean of the school since 2013.

Dr. Lowin and Dr. Whitfill will take over the administrative duties from Dr. Paul Sadler and Dr. Jim Todd, respectively. Dr. Sadler and Dr. Todd will remain in faculty positions, focusing more on classroom instruction and other areas of responsibility.

Dr. Lowin, associate professor of religion, has been teaching at Wayland since 2011. A Wayland graduate, Dr. Lowin earned his bachelor’s degree in 1996. He then went to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he completed his Master of Divinity degree in 2000. Lowin earned his doctorate from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2009. He has served as the Associate Dean in the School of Religion and Philosophy since September of 2015.

Dr. Whitfill has served as Associate Dean in the School of Education for the past five years. Whitfill, an associate professor of education, has been at Wayland since 2009. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Wayland in 1974 and his doctorate from Texas Tech in 2007.

Wayland Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Bobby Hall commended the former deans on their service to the university, and said he is looking forward to what the new deans have to offer.

“Wayland has been remarkably blessed by the service of (Owens, Todd, and Sadler). Their innovation has had a profound and lasting impact on the lives and careers of students and colleagues across all campuses in the Wayland system,” Hall said. “While we celebrate the many contributions of the outgoing deans, we anxiously await the vision and innovation that will come from these new academic leaders.”

Wayland operates campuses in Plainview, Lubbock, Amarillo, Wichita Falls and San Antonio, Texas; Altus, Okla.; Albuquerque and Clovis, N.M.; Phoenix and Sierra Vista, Ariz.; Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska; Mililani, Hawaii; and offers a degree program in Kijabe, Kenya.