WT Enterprise Center Names Interim Executive Director

David M. Wilson Dec 08, 2021
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WT Enterprise Center Names Interim Executive Director

AMARILLO, Texas — Gina Woodward has been named as the interim executive director of the WT Enterprise Center as it conducts a search for a permanent executive director. This change follows the announced departure of Kyla Frye, who has served as the WTEC’s executive director since 2019.

As he announced the change, Dr. Amjad Abdullat, dean of the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business at West Texas A&M University, expressed his appreciation to Frye for her service and contributions over the last two years and wishes her every success in her future endeavors.

In accepting the appointment, Woodward said, “The Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business has a rich history of supporting entrepreneurship across the Texas Panhandle, and the WTEC has played a crucial role in that success. Serving others is at the heart of what the WTEC staff does well and it’s an honor to lead them.”

Woodward has served as the regional director of America’s Small Business Development Center at WTAMU since January 2015 and has been with the organization since 2008. She will continue in her role at the SBDC and serve concurrently in both roles. Woodward has developed relationships with businesses throughout the Texas Panhandle and will provide strong leadership and experience while WT conducts their search.

Over the last 20 years, the WT Enterprise Center has impacted hundreds of businesses and contributed to the economic development and growth of the Texas Panhandle. Roughly 74 percent of companies assisted by the WTEC are still in business to this day.


About the WT Enterprise Center

Since 2001, the WT Enterprise Center has been helping local entrepreneurs build great companies. With access to certified business coaches, industry expert specialists, top-notch facilities, and high-level programs, business owners gain the support system and resources needed to take their business to the next level. As leaders of entrepreneur support in the Texas Panhandle, we help business owners build strong, profitable companies that contribute to a thriving economic community. To learn more about the WT Enterprise Center, visit


About West Texas A&M University

WT is located in Canyon, Texas, on a 342-acre residential campus. Established in 1910, the University has been part of The Texas A&M University System since 1990. With enrollment of more than 10,000, WT offers 60 undergraduate degree programs, 40 master’s degrees and two doctoral degrees. The University is also home to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the largest history museum in the state and the home of one of the Southwest’s finest art collections. The Buffaloes are a member of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference and offers 15 men’s and women’s athletics programs.