West Texas A&M University requests the honor of your presence at the Inauguration of Walter V. Wendler, 11th President of West Texas A&M University.
Sept. 15, 2017 1:30 p.m.
Jack B. Kelley Student Center, Legacy Hall
Community reception to follow
Please R.S.V.P. by Sept. 7, 2017
Defined as the “act or ceremony of conferring the authority and symbols of a high office,” an investiture is an academic ceremony in which a new leader is “vested” with the official powers of office. Held during a president’s first year in office, or at the conclusion of the first year, it is an academic ceremony which has symbolized the pursuit of knowledge since the Middle Ages. This ancient ceremony, which includes a processional and recessional of robed members of the faculty and special guests, reaffirms the heritage and roots of an institution.
An investiture recognizes the individual who will don the University's insignia and regalia, figuratively and realistically leading the University forward. It provides an opportunity to usher in a new era and celebrate as a community.
Dr. Walter V. Wendler took office as WTAMU’s eleventh president on Aug. 20, 2016. With more than 20 years of academic experience and leadership, Wendler is well-prepared to lead WTAMU to excellence.
Wendler comes to WTAMU from Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale, where he served as chancellor from 2001-2007. During his tenure, research productivity increased by 65 percent. He later returned to teaching architecture and retired as director of the School of Architecture at SIU in 2015. Before joining SIU, Wendler served as vice chancellor for Planning and System Integration at The Texas A&M University System.
A native of New York, Wendler earned an associate degree from the State University of New York at Farmingdale and a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Texas A&M University. He received his master’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife Mary have two sons and five grandchildren.
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