University President Embarks on Second Regional Tour

Sept. 3, 2019

CONTACT: Office of the President, 806-651-2100,

COPY BY: Brittany Castillo, 806-651-2682,


University President Embarks on Second Regional Tour

CANYON, Texas—A tour so nice, he’s doing it twice. President of West Texas A&M University, Dr. Walter V. Wendler, is going to Lubbock to kick off the “South Plains Community Tour” – the second-leg of the “Your Community, Your University Tour” that began in 2016.  

Within his inaugural year at WT, President Wendler hit the road on an ambitious journey to visit every high school in Region 16 in the Texas Panhandle. He began with the intention to build relationships with the surrounding communities, but over the course of visiting 66 schools, the purpose turned into a responsibility to adopt and mirror the values of the Texas Panhandle at WT.

The positive outcomes from the tour were both immediate and gradual. Residents of the counties in Region 16 were given time and advice from a university president, who advocated for affordable college options, and overtime, these connections led to several initiatives at WT.

The tour resulted in the creation of the WT Principal’s Scholars (WTPS) program, which invites high school principals in Region 16 and 17 to recommend five deserving students for automatic admission to WT, a housing incentive plan, which offers up to a year of free housing for students who elect to live on campus, and automatic transfer scholarships, which guarantees thousands of dollars in scholarship to transfer students who meet the academic requirements.

In a unique way to acquaint himself with the region, President Wendler is learning of student’s primary needs with a visit and handshake for students in the 62 schools of the South Plains Region 17 area.  

To learn more about the “South Plains Community Tour,” contact one of the Region 17 high schools for information or the WT Office of the President at 806-651-2100.