Young Named New Alumni Director
PLAINVIEW – Wayland Baptist University recently named Teresa Young as the new Director of Alumni Relations for the university. Young comes to the new role after spending nearly four years as the Director of Annual Fund in the Office of Advancement. Prior to that, she spent 11 years as Director of Communications and PR before leaving Wayland for a two-year stint with the communications staff of Athletes in Action, a sports ministry based in Xenia, Ohio.
A 1994 graduate of Wayland with a bachelor’s degree in English and mass communication, Young considers herself a West Texan though she spent many of her younger years in the Fort Worth area and attended high school there, later graduating from Sandia High School in Albuquerque. She returned to Plainview to attend Wayland and has been in the area since then, spending six years as a newspaper journalist before joining the staff of her alma mater.
“I come from two generations of Wayland alums – my dad graduated in 1973 and my grandparents attended in the 1940s when Wayland was just a two-year college. I loved that heritage growing up and wanted to be part of that legacy,” Young said. “At Wayland, I found myself at home, encouraged by the talented faculty and caring staff who really helped me along my journey. When I came back in 2000 as an employee, that love for my university only grew as I more appreciated the inner workings that make this amazing place run smoothly and continue to change students’ lives.
“When I learned my predecessor (and former newspaper boss) Danny Andrews was retiring, I began dreaming of stepping into this position and having the opportunity to bring some fresh ideas and a new perspective to the alumni relations role. With challenges of a far-flung and highly diverse alumni population and the advantages of technology, I hope to draw alums into a new connection with their university and to fall in love with Wayland all over again.”
Young holds a master’s degree in mass communication from Texas Tech, and she attends Southcrest Baptist Church with husband Tommy, who has studied some at Wayland at the graduate level. The couple has three furry children and lots of former college ministry students from Wayland they still keep in touch with regularly.
“I am looking forward to hearing from our alums about their unique needs and challenges and how their alma mater can have a meaningful place in their lives even long after they leave our campuses,” Young added. “I hope to meet as many as possible the coming months ahead.”