Hall Sets Sights on Faith, Access, and Excellence
August 16, 2017
Faculty and Staff Prepare to #BeTheSolution as Classes Start This Fall
PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University President Dr. Bobby Hall addressed the university’s faculty and staff Wednesday morning focusing on faith, access and excellence, and encouraging them to #BeTheSolution.
The #BeTheSolution emphasis is Wayland’s response to the myriad of social issues, such as racism, poverty, marginalization of people groups, political pressure, and more, that have dominated headlines the last few years. Concerned administrators, faculty and staff came up with the idea to help students understand how education, especially education grounded in Christian faith, can address these issues that affect day-to-day life.
On Wednesday, Dr. Hall focused three areas through which Wayland can #BeTheSolution: Faith, access and excellence.
“Faith is who we are,” Hall said. “We are unapologetically, unashamedly committed to being a Baptist institution of higher learning. But there are a lot of faiths in this country. Let’s be clear. We are a faith-based institution whose faith is in Jesus Christ.”
Hall said to being the solution is to commit to faith and add to it as the Bible states in 2 Peter 1:5. Then, through love, help our students build their faith as well.
Turning to the topic of access, Hall said accessibility is paramount to Wayland’s success as a university. That can mean, he said, different things to different people. Whether it is opportunity, affordability, eliminating barriers, closing achievement gaps between ethnic groups, or increasing educational success for all students, access means providing everything students need to succeed.
“All of these issues impact a student’s access to future success,” Hall said. “All of these play a key role in helping them fulfill God’s plan for their lives.”
To conclude, Hall said Wayland must strive for excellence in everything.
“As we think about Pioneering excellence, we all need to look in the mirror and ask what is our contribution to this? What is our commitment to this? What is our call to this?” Hall said. “Collective excellence begins with individual commitment.”
Fall classes begin on the Plainview campus on Aug. 23.