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Release date: July 3

Schacht promoted to Business Division Chairperson at Wayland

Dr. Otto SchachtFinding a needle in a haystack is a task no one relishes, especially when related to a job search. For Dr. Otto B. Schacht, though, the treasure was worth the hunt.

Schacht, who came to Wayland in January 1999 as Professor of Business and Agribusiness, has been promoted to the position of Chairperson of the Division of Business. He replaces Dr. Shelley Tapp, who took a position at West Texas A&M University.

He brings two and a half years of experience at Wayland and nearly 23 years of teaching experience total, having taught agricultural engineering at Texas Tech University, agribusiness at South Plains College and serving as the Dean of the Division of Arts and Sciences at SPC.

Getting to WBU, he said, was more of a challenge. After working his way through the ranks at South Plains, Schacht said he knew there was no other advancement possibility and began to search for where God might have him to teach.

"Talk about how God does things for us. In my last five years at SPC, I bet we sent out 300-350 resumes and got three interviews and one job - the one job God knew I needed," he recalled with a smile.

Having taught a sufficient amount of time to draw state teacher retirement, he made the move to Wayland and began teaching agribusiness and a few economics and management courses. He said the prospect of getting back into the classroom was a draw of the job, and being able to maintain that teaching while diving into administrative duties was a draw toward this position.

"Teaching is my first priority, no matter what other responsibilities there are," he said.

As the new Division of Business Chairperson, Schacht said he hopes to build on the program's strengths of faculty and external campus programs as well as increasing recruiting efforts for the division. He also wants to continue and increase community involvement and service in the areas of support for businesses in the vicinity and encouragement of economic development.

"We, the Division of Business, want to be very visible in the community, not that we haven't been in the past, but we can always improve on that," he said.

Schacht served as a Minuteman Missile Systems Analyst Specialist in the United States Air Force from 1971-75. He has been in the U.S. Army Reserves since 1978. He currently on the General's staff as the Deputy Chief of Staff of Logistics for the 95th Division (Institutional Training), located in Oklahoma City.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech, the Master of Science degree from Central Missouri State University and the Doctor of Philosophy degree from Texas A&M University. He is a professional engineer licensed in Texas.

Schacht and his wife, Madonna, a teacher aide at Thunderbird Elementary, have two sons, Jackie-Don, a law student in Houston, and Fritz, a junior at the University of North Texas. They are members of the 11th and Amarillo Church of Christ in Plainview.