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McNeeley begins newly structured role at HPU

Dr. McNeeley photo reduced for webBROWNWOOD – August 17, 2017 – Howard Payne University’s Dr. Wendy McNeeley recently transitioned to the new role of assistant vice president for university records and dean of general education following the recent merger of the Office of the Registrar and the Office of the Dean of General Education.

In this new role, Dr. McNeeley will incorporate many of the functions of HPU’s Collegium into the university’s records and student advising procedures. The Collegium will continue to serve students as it now does, with a variety of programs to equip students for success through tutoring, academic testing, academic advising, learning assistance, career services and more.

“The registrar’s office touches every student and fits well with advising and academic success,” said Dr. McNeeley. “Both the Collegium and the registrar’s duties are intertwined, so it is a logical fit to bring the offices together.”

In her time at HPU which began in 1995, Dr. McNeeley has taught English and developmental studies courses, served as department chair for developmental studies and has been dean of advising and general education in the university’s Collegium.

“This new structure is a natural fit due to Dr. McNeeley’s exceptional work ethic and her demonstrated love for and dedication to Howard Payne over her 23 years of service,” said Dr. W. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer. “Dr. McNeeley loves our students, is respected by her peers and colleagues and understands our work in higher education as a service to Christ and His kingdom.”

Dr. McNeeley said she never thought she would work in higher education or simply education, for that matter.

“Throughout my life, God continuously put people in my path who opened doors and pushed me toward education,” she said. “One should never say ‘never’ to God.”

As part of her new duties, Dr. McNeeley joins the team in the registrar’s office comprised of Martha Fothergill, coordinator of records and reports; Kelly Franke, coordinator of transfer credits and records; and Bobbie Price, certification coordinator and graduation assistant. She will also continue working with personnel in HPU’s Collegium, including Tammy Arreola, career services coordinator; Laura Coulter, assistant professor and academic services coordinator – tutoring and QEP; Celeste Justice, administrative assistant to the dean of advising and general education; Alexa Maddox, academic services coordinator and instructor of developmental studies; Kay Teague, instructor of mathematics; and Shannon Turner, instructor of academic services, learning assistance and academic recovery.

“My confidence in this new structure is due in no small way to the dedication and commitment of those who work in the Collegium and the registrar’s office,” said Dr. Tew.

Dr. McNeeley said she hopes to streamline student advising and records by making things easier for the students, faculty and staff. She looks forward to this new opportunity with great excitement of the possibilities to come.

“I am looking forward to seeing many students succeed during their time at HPU,” she said.


Cutline: Dr. Wendy McNeeley was recently named HPU’s new assistant vice president for university records and dean of general education.

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