Trustees Focus on Technology
January 26, 2018
Wayland Baptist University’s Board of Trustees met Thursday in Plainview and unanimously approved the administration’s request for $2.2 million in funding to address technology needs across all Wayland campuses, including the acquisition of new computing equipment for Wayland employees, computer labs, servers, firewall and other security equipment.
Wayland’s 20-year-old telephone system will also be replaced with a new cloud-based phone system for all campuses. The new technology will integrate communications across the entire WBU system and, when coupled with new computers and related equipment, will greatly strengthen the computing and communications capabilities.
Trustees also approved improvements to commercial property at Wayland Plaza in Lubbock, and the repair and renovation of the Llano Apartments in Plainview. These university-operated apartments serve as affordable housing for Wayland students who are married. The replacement of the prominent Wayland Plaza sign at West Loop 289 and 19th Street in Lubbock, as well as the replacement of the electronic sign at Wayland’s 5th Street entrance in Plainview was also approved.
“Our trustees have taken what I believe to be an important and progressive step in Wayland’s future,” said Wayland President Dr. Bobby Hall. “This should result in improved performance for all employees using applications resident on their computers, while also addressing problems experienced with our enterprise systems that serve all campuses. Improvements in our commercial property will enhance related lease revenue streams, and the repair and renovation of the Llano Apartments bring much-needed student housing back online.”