Paul Engler

The Man, the Legacy

The Man

"Paul Engler has been a driver of economic development in the Texas Panhandle for 50 years," said Dr. Ty Lawrence, Professor of Animal Science and Director of the Beef Carcass Research Center. "First with Hereford Feedyard, then IBP in Amarillo, followed by the cattle empire of Cactus Feeders. Paul is now leaving his mark on West Texas A&M University with an unparalleled legacy."

Dr. Engler, as he's lovingly known, is a gift himself to West Texas A&M University and the Panhandle community. His humble beginnings started as a young man of 13, when he bought his first 100 cows without money. As he grew, Dr. Engler utilized good mentors, his university education, his entrepreneurial instincts and hard work to become the successful businessman he is today. His life is full of adventurous tales of hard work, sleepless nights and challenging business decisions. Dr. Engler's executive-in-residence position offers unique educational opportunities to WTAMU students and faculty to learn from an experienced, successful businessman.

The Legacy

The Paul F. and Virginia J. Engler Foundation evolved from the family's desire to make a difference in their community. Generous support by the Engler family, continues to enhance student educational opportunities at WTAMU. The Foundation's leadership and generous gifts to the university have inspired and challenged others to come alongside WTAMU through providing matching funds. The Foundation's legendary generosity and leadership toward WTAMU and the community is an inspiring example of the valuable impact of vision and determination. A wave that will continue through future generations.

Thank you, Mr. Engler, for your continued kindness and love for the students in the Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural sciences. You truly are an inspiration and we are honored to carry your name and legacy to future generations. 

A Legacy of Service and Giving

The Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences is honored to be named after a self-made man who exemplifies a strong work ethic, business acumen, demonstrates a true entrepreneurial spirit, and has a generous heart for service and giving. His example of traditional and experiential learning supports the College mission of providing excellence in teaching, research and professional service.

Through the Paul F. and Virginia J. Engler Foundation, Dr. Paul Engler, is leaving a legacy of giving that is the largest in University history. The generous financial support, combined with his personal educational teaching to WTAMU students, leaves an inspiration of knowledge, service and giving that inspires current and future generations.

Ben Weinheimer, Paul Engler and Dr. Kevin Pond

The History of Generous Gifts from the Paul F. and Virginia J. Engler Foundation:

2020 Endowment Gifts: Paul Engler Presents $1 Million to WT as Part of Largest Gift in University History  
The Legacy of a Legend: The Story of Paul Engler  
Engler Named Executive in Residence at WTAMU  


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