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Texas Tidbits: A look at Wayland's diversity heritage

Wayland celebrates diversity. At its annual heritage chapel service, students at Wayland Baptist University learned about the school’s historic commitment to racial and ethnic diversity. Estelle Owens, university historian and dean of Wayland’s School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, noted several early Wayland presidents “were ahead of most Baptists, most Texans, most Southerners and most Americans in their views on race—and that certainly made them different.” O.L. Hailey, Wayland’s second president, advocated a seminary for African-American students as early as 1914 and served on the seminary’s faculty when it opened in Nashville a decade later. E.B. Atwood, Wayland’s fourth president, urged the West Texas school to embrace the region’s Hispanic and Native American heritage. George W. McDonald, Wayland’s fifth president, welcomed Latino students in the 1930s, and his successor, Bill Marshall, led Wayland to initiate an international students program and to become the first four-year liberal arts school in the former Confederate states to admit black students on an equal basis with white students.

Goliad pastor named director of bivocational ministry. Ira Antoine, pastor of Minnehulla Baptist Church in Goliad, has been named director of bivocational pastor ministry for the Baptist General Convention of Texas. ira antoine mug208Ira AntoineHe will continue as pastor of the church in Goliad where he has served since 2007. Previously, he served Bay Area Baptist Church in Houston, first as minister of pastoral care and later as senior pastor. In his new role, he will coordinate and oversee training seminars, theological education and conferences for bivocational pastors. Antoine has served in church and denominational work more than 26 years. He has served on the BGCT staff since 2006 as a congregational and leadership strategist, working with African-American congregations in the Houston area to provide leadership training and consultation. He also provided direct support in the design and development of a church revitalization process that could be used throughout the state. Antoine earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette and holds master of divinity and doctor of ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth.

Baylor Faculty Senate commends Starr. At its first meeting of the spring semester, Baylor University’s Faculty Senate presented President Ken Starr a resolution congratulating him on his recent appointment by regents as chancellor and commending him for his leadership of the university, “especially his spirit of cooperation and shared governance.” The Faculty Senate passed the resolution unanimously at its November meeting.

ETBU trustees approve tuition and new programs. East Texas Baptist University’s board of trustees approved a 3 percent tuition increase for the 2014-2015 academic year, the lowest increase in six years. The board also approved a composite science major leading to a bachelor of science in education degree and authorized the addition of a principal certification track within ETBU’s master of education degree program.

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