As he closes in on the one year anniversary of his hiring, West Texas A&M University President Dr. Walter Wendler has been making the rounds promoting his ideas for educational growth on the High Plains.
Wendler is the former chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and he was formally named president of WTAMU last September.
Among President Wendler’s main concerns is the heavy burden of student debt in America, and especially how that issue affects residents on the High Plains.
Wendler has also been promoting his ideas on how to expand the number of doctoral programs and how to boost research programs on the plains. He would like to see WT become a highly regarded research institution focused primarily, if not exclusively, on regional issues.
You can hear HPPR’s Jenny Inzerillo interview President Wendler on these and other issues during the 11 o'clock hour this Friday on High Plains Morning.