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Release date: July 15

Fikes joins Wayland staff in human resources

Debbie Fikes, Coordinator of Human Resources and PayrollDebbe Fikes has joined the staff at Wayland Baptist University as Coordinator of Human Resources and Payroll.

Fikes replaces Nelda Douglas, who retired at the end of June after many years at Wayland.

A native of Post but longtime Lubbock resident, Fikes comes to Wayland from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center's Internal Medicine Clinic, where she worked as a patient service specialist. Prior to that, she spent 9 years with Methodist Medical Group.

In her new position, Fikes will handle payroll, benefits and other human resources responsibilities for the approximately 375 regular employees in the Wayland system.

Fikes' husband, Jimmy, has been the Director of Information Services at Wayland since September. The couple has a daughter and three sons: Melissa, 30, of Lubbock; Chad, 27, of Houston; Paul, 22, who will be a Residence Hall Supervisor at Brotherhood Hall in the fall while pursuing a graduate degree; and Sammy, 17. They also have one granddaughter. They attend College Heights Baptist Church in Plainview.