nce upon a time,
in a wonderful land called Brownwood, a group of good-hearted, visionary believers founded the great institution we know as Howard Payne University. Through nearly 125 years, adventures have been undertaken here, dreams have come true and thousands of young people have been equipped for lives of purpose and excellence – ready to encounter the challenges and opportunities of the great world beyond our campus’ boundaries.
This year’s Homecoming theme honors L. Frank Baum’s classic book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, originally published in 1900. Like the characters on the road to Oz, all who come to HPU are on a potentially life-changing path. The steps taken and the experiences gained along the way can help define identities, develop gifts and determine the way forward.
I’m thankful God brought you to our wonderful HPU on your life’s journey and I hope your road brings you back to our campus for an exciting weekend full of Homecoming fun and friendship.
After all, there is no place like Homecoming at HPU!
Dr. Bill Ellis
1000 Fisk Street