Reflections from WT

Reflections From WT

President Wendler discusses his no-textbooks-by-2024 initiative with Trey Gowdy on Fox News' "Sunday Night in America" on Sept. 3, 2023.

E-Books by President Wendler

E-Book: Considering College
Considering College
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E-Book: Community College
Community Colleges: West Texas A&M University’s Partners for the Future
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E-Book: Student Debt
Student Debt
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Ebook: Intercollegiate Athletics
Intercollegiate Athletics
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Ebook: Philanthropy in Higher Education
Philanthropy in Higher Education
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Ebook: Student Life
Student Life
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President Wendler Video Op-eds

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President Wendler Op-eds

Dr. Wendler's weekly articles express ideas and views of the power of higher education, and its impact on society. These are intended to comment on how universities work and the value they bring to individuals and the larger community – musings intended to cause reflective thought about our nation’s universities. Read more at

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President Wendler Podcasts

President Wendler and host Randy Ray sit down with a member of the WT family once a month for a podcast titled Reflections from WT. From student leadership to the arts and sciences, Dr. Wendler, Ray and a featured guest share their own insights, experiences and reflections on the spirit of WT.

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Episode Transcripts

Dr. Chris Thomas
Kendra Potts
Merry Christmas with Randy Ray and President Wendler

Randy Rikel and Shawn Burns
Carolina Galloway

Ronnie Hall and  Isaiah Tanner
Mike Knox
Andrew Hay and Stephen Crandall
Michael McBroom
Mayor Gary Hinders and City Manager Joe Price
Terry and Dyke Rogers
Michael Moore
Dr. Todd Rasberry
Ralph de la Vega
Dr. Dave Rausch-Teel Bivins Professor of Political Science
Dr. Lance Kieth-Department Head and Professor of Agricultural Education
Future Buff Saxton Ralston
Shawna Kennedy-Witthar and Sidnye Johnson - The Cornette Library
Pampa High School
Jeff Baylor and Brad Johnson
Royal Brantley
Dr. De'Arno De'Armond
Jerry Faltinek
Dr. Marty Kuhlman
Fabiola Hernandez and Sedrick Knowlton
Lora Haasl
Madison Thetford and Katy Zimmerman
Amberly Hildebrandt
Angela Allen and Deandra Murray
Dr. Wade Shaffer
Dr. Dirk Nelson
Angel Tree
Randy's Class Asks Dr. Wendler
Dr. Paul Morley
Pillars of Leadership with Missy Macon
Buffalo Stadium Grand Opening
Carol Lovelady from Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
New WT Grad Khashari Wilson Transcript
Buff Basketball's Ryan Quaid and Lady Buff Track and Field's Fatim Affessi
Special Edition with TAMUS Regent Elaine Mendoza
Men of Honor
Director of Admissions Jeff Baylor
Dean of Engineering Dr. Emily Hunt
Transfer and Family Orientation Coordinator Miguel Soto
Art History Professor Dr. Amy Von Lintel
Student Body President Chandler Huddleston
Head Football Coach Hunter Hughes


President Wendler in the News

9/10/20 KFDA News Channel 10 -  The Chat: interview with WTAMU President Dr. Walter Wendler
4/6/20 The Catholic Current - Advice to Students: Don't Borrow


Public Service Announcements from President Wendler

Dr. Wendler releases weekly public service announcements (PSAs) about finding a community that supports you. These messages are crafted with Texas families and students in mind to help make the best decisions for their futures. Have a listen below.

11/24/20 Character matters
9/22/20 Home, Home on the Range
6/16/20 Seek community involvement
6/11/20 Accept acts of service
6/09/20 Stay connected
6/04/20 Digital communication brings excellence
6/02/20 Passion persists
5/28/20  Good teaching 
5/26/20  Responsible leadership 
5/21/20  Empowered people are key 
5/19/20  Student needs first 
5/14/20  The path for you 
5/12/20  Consider security of environment 
5/07/20  Close to home 
5/05/20  Key to achievement 
4/30/20  Truthfulness and transparency 
4/28/20  Uncertainty requires flexibility 
4/23/20 Responsiveness is key
4/21/20 Great schools from great leadership
4/16/20 Considering cost and value 
4/14/20 The best universities have goals
4/09/20 Look for a frontier attitude
4/07/20  Key traits for a good university
4/02/20 Persist through COVID-19