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Release date:September 29, 2006

WBU honors Wall with Legacy Leadership Award

PLAINVIEW – If Dr. James H. Wayland were alive today, the founder of Wayland Baptist University would have many friends. Among those, believes Director of Student Leadership and Involvement Hope English, would surely be community volunteer Phyllis Wall.

              English presented the Legacy Leadership Award to Wall at Friday’s second annual High Plains Leadership Summit, held at Wayland and encouraging students to “Lead with a Servant’s Heart.”

              According to English, Wall epitomizes that phrase.

              “This year’s recipient is a long-time friend of this university, she models Christian values in her everyday walk, and she can be held up to Wayland students as a role model for ethical leadership and service to others,” English said in her presentation. “But I can also tell you that she will be embarrassed by all of this because she, like Dr. Wayland, is a most humble leader. She is more comfortable with someone else being front and center stage, she prefers to be working hard, behind the scenes, doing whatever it takes to get the job done.”

              English compared Wall and the late pioneer physician in several ways, noting they both are known for being able to get things accomplished, especially when others have only talked about a project. She said Dr. Wayland “knew how to put wings to dreams.”

              “He was a mover and a shaker long before we began using such a term,” English said. “Today, this community and our university have our very own mover and shaker, a hard-working servant leader who knows how to put wings to dreams and her name is Phyllis Wall.”

              English did not go into a full-blown list of Wall’s involvement, preferring to focus not on her specific work in the community but the heart and attitude behind it all. She spoke of Wall’s servant leadership and how she not only rallies others to serve but also gets right in the middle of a project herself.

              “Just like Dr. Wayland, she and her family have given of their financial resources, but more than that, she has given her time, energy, gifts, talents, passions, and dreams for this university, and she has done it all to glorify Christ and His Kingdom, because that my young friends is what a servant’s heart is all about,” English said.

              Wall and her husband Clint are long-time Wayland supporters, cheering on the basketball and baseball teams, giving to worthy causes and donating resources to make the Leadership Summit possible.