Provences honored for philanthropic support of Wayland

November 15, 1013

LUBBOCK – Wayland Baptist University honored two long-time employees and supporters on Thursday during the National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon in Lubbock, hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals at the Overton Hotel.
Joe and Freda Provence, who both retired from Wayland in 2007, received the Spirit of Philanthropy award from Wayland during the luncheon, at which various nonprofits honored outstanding supporters and AFP presented overall awards for philanthropy to area causes, volunteer fundraisers and professional fundraisers of the year.

Joe and Fred Provence with Dr. Ann Stutes“Without question, Joe and Freda Provence have shared and furthered the hopes and dreams of the university founders. This energetic couple has embraced every opportunity to support and promote missions, Friends of Music and Steinway pianos, athletics, endowed scholarships, planned giving and a host of other projects at their beloved alma mater,” read the presenters. “If it is an opportunity that will benefit current and future Wayland students, we can count on Joe and Freda to be both personally and financially involved. Their love and devotion to Wayland is beyond measure.”

The Provences’ long history with Wayland began as students in the late 1950s and returning in the mid-1960s for work. At their retirement, Joe had served more than 50 years at WBU, working in public relations, student activities and alumni services, earning the title of Emeritus Director of Alumni Services and a Lifetime Service Alumni Award. Freda spent 25 years in Wayland employment, all of that as assistant to five presidents and the Board of Trustees.

Since retirement, however, the Provences have been consistently involved in volunteer roles, most heavily with the Friends of Music group, and have given generously to nearly any cause the university undertakes. They also support many students by attending athletic and fine arts performances and inviting students for meals.

“Every university should be so fortunate to have a Joe and Freda Provence working on their behalf for more than half a century. For their loyal and committed efforts, Wayland Baptist University is honored to recognize this humble and gracious couple for their outstanding leadership and extraordinary philanthropic spirit,” read the citation.