PLAINVIEW – Dr. Bobby Hall, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at Wayland Baptist University, has been promoted to assistant executive vice president for the university, effective Jan. 3.
In his new role, Hall will continue to work with the university’s accreditation procedures, an ongoing process with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, based in Georgia. Hall played a major role in the accreditation visit in 1997-98 and will be key in the reaffirmation visit in 2008. His work with institutional effectiveness and research, which goes hand in hand with the accreditation process, will continue as well.
In addition, Hall will be assisting Dr. Bill Hardage, executive vice president, in his work with Wayland’s 13 external campus locations.
“I’ll be dealing with the external campuses from the standpoint of planning, growth and dealing with the various military branches that Wayland serves, as well as the growing civilian side of those operations,” Hall said, noting the increased growth and complexity as issues leading to the need for additional administrative help. “I’ll be working with Dr. Hardage in all aspects of the external campuses, from day to day issues to long-term strategic issues.”
Hall said his goals for the new position are to “maintain Wayland’s excellent record of accreditation with SACS,” and to more fully integrate the planning, budgeting and effectiveness process and make it work throughout the university system.
Hardage called Hall’s new role exciting and “a positive move” for the university.
“His expertise and basic knowledge of the operations of the Southern Association, his present role as the Director of Institutional Research, his knowledge of Wayland’s off-campus programs, and his experience in classroom instruction uniquely equip Dr. Hall to accept a stronger administrative role in the operation of the University, especially that of off-campus programming,” he said.
Hall first came to Wayland in 1982, working as the Sports Information Director and overseeing the photography lab. Over the years, his jobs have included PR director, and executive director over PR, alumni services and other functions. Since the mid-1980s, Hall has also been a faculty member in the Division of Business and he still holds the rank of associate professor of business administration. He founded the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness in 1994 and shared that role with teaching responsibilities until beginning his new role when the spring semester began in January.
Hall and wife Laurie, who owns Laurie’s Custom Framing in Lockney, have two children: Alexis, a junior at Lockney High School, and Lucas, an eighth-grader.