Release date: May 14 |
Highlights of Davis Administration at Wayland
· Inaugurated as 11th president of Wayland Baptist University in July 1991
· Introduced new campus master plan titled "Spanning the Centuries" in 1992. The plan would include the renovation of several campus buildings, improvements to landscaping and aesthetics and updating of technology. The $30 million campaign was broken into four basic phases, with a final completion date of 2008, the year of the university's centennial celebration.
· $6.8 million in deferred maintenance projects were completed, overhauling climate control systems, dormitory furnishings and the campus auditorium. Three computer labs were added and the university's endowments grew as well.
· The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Learning Resources Center is finally completed in 1996, with an outdoor concert and fireworks show held in the fall to mark the success of the 66,000-square-foot library facility.
· The Van Howeling Library facility is renovated completely to house the university's Don Williams School of Education, the Academic Achievement program and the Baptist Student Ministries center.
· A new 50-bed women's dormitory is constructed on the Wayland campus due to student enrollment growth. The suite dorm is the first residence hall built on campus in almost 40 years.
· Columned entrances with porticos are constructed outside Harral Auditorium and Hutcherson Physical Education Center, tying those buildings aesthetically into the rest of the campus. Parking lots for those facilities are repaved and expanded and a circular drive to Harral is added.
· A brick-lined path called the Heritage Walkway is constructed from the front of Hutcherson Center to the grassy area outside Harral, providing a well-lit walking path for students and campus visitors and an opportunity for former students or employees to leave a lasting legacy with engraved bricks, benches and trees.
· The university's fiscal health is restored and Wayland becomes debt-free.
· Enrollment continues to soar on Wayland's external campuses in other states and regions. A new facility is dedicated in October 2000 in San Antonio.