Trustees Approve $64.8 Million Budget
PLAINVIEW – The Wayland Baptist University Board of Trustees met in regular session Thursday to discuss university business that included the approval of a $64.8 million operating budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year that begins Jan. 1.
The budget reflects a $1.1 million or 1.68% decrease from the previous year. The budget is set based on projected income from tuition, fees, endowment revenue, donations and other various revenue streams, as well as expected expenditures set forth by budget directors throughout the university.
Wayland operates 13 campuses in six states, as well as a program in Kenya, and has more than 50 teaching sites affiliated with the campuses. Sites are located in various communities and on military bases.
In other business, the trustees approved the spring term graduates. Wayland’s Plainview campus will hold commencement on May 6 at 2 p.m. in Hutcherson Center with 130 graduates participating.
The Board voted to grant emeritus status on Dr. Jim Todd who retired in 2016. Dr. Todd served the university in the Don Williams School of Education for 28 years, starting in 1988. Dr. Todd was instrumental in developing a number of programs, including several master’s degree programs and a proposal for a Doctor of Education degree.
Several faculty members were approved for promotion. Moving from Assistant to Associate Professor are Dr. Laura Brandenburg, Dr. Hyung Chae, Dr. Karen Beth Strovas and Dr. Chris Thornhill. Moving from Associate Professor to Professor are Dr. Kimberly Brown, Dr. Barry Evans, Dr. Hayoung Gim, Dr. Cynthia Holubik, Dr. Janet Jones, Dr. Deborah Kuhlmann and Dr. David Maltsberger.
The Trustees also approved an extended sabbatical for Dr. Don Ashley at Wayland’s Anchorage campus. Dr. Ashley will use the time to research and write a training manual on how to better keep students engaged and improve retention of course materials.
In other business, the trustees approved the sale of some property and adopted a resolution supporting the proposed extension of Interstate 27 along the Ports to Plains route that runs from Mexico to Canada.
Earlier in the day, the Board of Trustees recognized one of their own, Robert Kollman, and his family for completing an endowed scholarship that will benefit students in the School of Business. Kollman and his wife, Stacey own several Chicken Express franchise locations, including the one in Plainview.
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held in July.