Tulsa Dentist to Receive Benefactor Award

September 5, 2017

Portrait of Dr. Glenda Payas
Dr. Glenda Lightfoot Payas will received the Distinguished Benefactor Award during Homecoming activities on Sept. 22-23.

PLAINVIEW -- Wayland Baptist University’s Association of Former Students will honor longtime Tulsa dentist Dr. Glenda Lightfoot Payas with the Distinguished Benefactor Alumni Award for 2017 at the homecoming celebration Sept. 22-23. The award will be presented as part of the homecoming banquet on Friday, Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m.

A native of Albuquerque, Dr. Payas earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 1969 from Wayland in biology and education. She went on to earn master’s degrees from New Mexico Highlands University in the natural sciences as well as guidance and counseling and education administration.

Dr. Payas earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa and then served with the U.S. Public Health Corps with the Indian Health Service at the Claremore Indian Hospital. She recently retired after 28 years in private practice in Tulsa.

She has served in leadership roles in the dental community on the state and national level and was voted one of the top women in dentistry in 2011 and one of the top dentists in Oklahoma in 2012 among many other career accolades. Dr. Payas has used her talents to give back, setting up a dental clinic in Benin City, Nigeria, and doing dental outreach in Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana and Jamaica. She is active in her church, Victory Christian Center, and has been a regent for ORU.

Since graduation from WBU, Dr. Payas has contributed financially to various projects at the university, including completion of two scholarships honoring some of her faculty mentors in science. She then endowed a scholarship honoring her parents and one for her grandparents. She’s a regular member of the Sally Society women’s philanthropy group and the President’s Circle.

Payas and her husband Brad also manage rental property in Tulsa.

“Like many universities, Wayland depends on its alumni to pay forward their blessings and keep the programs and experiences possible for future generations,” said Teresa Young, Director of Alumni Relations. “Dr. Glenda Payas and her husband Brad have been some of our most generous donors and are truly delighted to be able to give back and bless current Wayland students. The true lifetime value of their gifts is difficult to measure but is so greatly appreciated.”

For information on other homecoming events, visit www.wbualumni.com or call the Office of Alumni Services at (806) 291-3600.