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Inauguration of Dr. Walter V. Wendler Set for Sept. 15

Sept. 11, 2017

CONTACT:    Dr. Amy Andersen, 806-651-2931, aandersen@wtamu.edu

COPY BY:     Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Inauguration of Dr. Walter V. Wendler Set for Sept. 15

 

CANYON, Texas—Dr. Walter V. Wendler will be inaugurated as the 11th president of West Texas A&M University during a formal investiture ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 in Legacy Hall of the Jack B. Kelley Student Center on campus.

Dr. Walter V. WendlerWendler assumed WTAMU’s presidency Aug. 20, 2016, succeeding Dr. J. Patrick O’Brien, who retired after 10 years with the University.

Invited guests will fill Legacy Hall; however, the public is welcome to watch a live feed of the investiture ceremony in an overflow room. The live feed will be broadcast in the Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Thunder Room. The investiture ceremony also will be streamed live at live.wtamu.edu

Special platform guests for the ceremony will include John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, Charles W. Schwartz, chairman of the A&M System Board of Regents, and Dr. James Hallmark, vice chancellor of academic affairs for The Texas A&M University System. Several federal and state elected officials are expected, and Justin Richardson, mayor pro tem of Canyon, and Ginger Nelson, mayor of Amarillo, will participate in the ceremony.

WTAMU faculty and platform guests will dress in academic regalia for the processional.

The investiture ceremony will be followed immediately by a community reception in the Commons area of the JBK.

Wendler came to WTAMU from Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale, where he served as chancellor from 2001-2007. He retired as director of the School of Architecture at SIU at the end of 2015. Before joining SIU, Wendler served as vice chancellor for planning and system integration at The Texas A&M University System. He also served as executive assistant to the president, dean of the College of Architecture and other administrative and faculty roles at Texas A&M University in College Station.

He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He also earned a master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley, a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and an associate degree from the State University of New York at Farmingdale. He and his wife Mary have two sons and five grandchildren.

Learn more about Wendler’s inauguration at wtamu.edu/inauguration.

—WTAMU—


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