A Personal Reflection from the President

A Personal Reflection



George Floyd and I, and every student, faculty, and staff member at West Texas A&M University, share at least two common characteristics. We are all made in the image of God. That makes each of us sacred as proclaimed by the children’s hymn, Red, brown, yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight…” And we all fall short of God’s glory. I believe these things in my heart and mind, and I think they make a difference in how I see and treat others.

In reflecting on recent events, Chancellor John Sharp said, “We are all God’s children and deserving of the same respect and protections that should be afforded every American.”

We are all free moral agents, and we possess free will. Our free will should be reverently and compassionately directed toward others, now and always, as we share in the Floyd family’s and our nation’s grief. 

“The University will be reflective and responsive to the diverse needs of its community through its programs and services and by living up to its fundamental commitment to equity and dignity of all persons.”  We proclaim this in WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World. I believe it, and I hope we as Buffaloes embrace our corporate and individual responsibility is to live it without equivocation.

Walter V. Wendler
President, West Texas A&M University