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Wayland Baptist University is welcoming back a native son and legacy alumnus with the addition of Jeffrey Vera as Director of Alumni Relations, effective October 1. 

Vera earned a Bachelor of Christian Ministry degree from Wayland in 2017 after coming back to his hometown of Plainview, enrolling as a nontraditional student while working full-time overnights at Covenant Hospital Plainview. He served as a President’s Ambassador and was heavily involved in student mission trips both foreign and domestic.  

Since graduation, Vera has worked at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in the School of Medicine Admissions office, most recently as Assistant Director of Recruitment and Advising. He’s also a bi-vocational pastor, currently serving as interim at Primera Iglesia Bautista in Lubbock.  

“Jeffrey brings both a heart for the missional side of university work and a genuine love for people and a servant-leader mindset to this role at Wayland, and all of those things are crucial,” said Teresa Young, a 1994 graduate who has held the alumni role since May 2017. “I’m excited to see Jeffrey take the operation here to a new level and bring his ideas, innovation and work ethic to benefit his Alma Mater. I know he’ll do great things here and the alumni will love getting to know Jeffrey more.” 

Young is stepping back into the development side of the house at Wayland, working primarily with annual giving and grant-writing among other fundraising tasks. She has worked at Wayland for 20 years, starting in 2000 as public relations director and moving into development in 2013 after a two-year hiatus in ministry in Ohio. 

“What we do here is so critical to the future of the university and I am pleased at the inroads we’ve made over the last five years. I would not be comfortable handing off the reins to just anyone, but Jeffrey is a perfect choice.” 

Vera has served on the WBU Alumni Board since August 2020 and was set to be president this year. He is the son of alumnus Yolanda Vera, a 1983 graduate and retired Plainview educator who also served on the Alumni Board for many years. That heritage and life-changing experience he had at Wayland are part of his excitement at joining the advancement family. 

“Being born and raised in West Texas, I have grasped the concept of what family means. It is having integrity, being diverse, trusting in one another, and giving (while gaining) respect,” he said. “I plan on helping implement programs and projects that will engage with our alumni, while strengthening and providing tangible benefits to alumni, the institution and current students.” 

Mike Hammack, vice president of institutional advancement, echoed the sentiments of Vera’s fit for the position. 

“Jeff has a great love for his university and for the Lord, so we know he will be great to work with our alumni,” said Hammack. “He brings both great experience in higher education and service through the alumni board, so he will be a real asset.” 

The Office of Alumni Relations is part of the Institutional Advancement team at Wayland. The office can be reached at (806) 291-3600. 

Teresa Young Wayland Baptist University


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