Weatherford College honored several outstanding former students at their Alumni Awards Luncheon Friday.
Alumni came from as far away as Mineola to attend the luncheon, and graduates ranging from the class of 1942 to 2006 were present.
Brent Baker, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, made the comparison of WC alumni to the works of a successful painter or architect. The artist knows they did a good job because of the beautiful painting they complete. An architect can look at a building of their own design and see their hard work come to fruition.
“Well, as a college, we know that the faculty and others that came before us did a great job because of our alumni,” Baker said. “You are the most important resource Weatherford College has.”
Dr. Bill Knight, Dr. Lisa Nash and Don Plumlee were all honored as Distinguished Alumni and shared stories of their time at WC. Local businessman and civic leader Wayne Garrett was honored as the 2015 WC Alumnus of the Year.
“Weatherford College was a big thing for me,” Garrett said. “I needed it. I come from a very good family, but a poor family. I couldn’t afford to go to college had it not been for Weatherford.”
Garrett attended WC from 1972 to 1974 and studied accounting. He went on to partner Snow Garrett Williams CPAs and is the CEO of Snow Garrett Wealth Management among other business endeavors.
He recalled a specific day during his first few weeks as a freshman when an instructor pulled him aside and gave him some words of advice. She encouraged him to be passionate about learning, to always give back and try harder.
“That was the most valuable thing anyone every told me,” he said. “It was because a professor at this little college cared enough to stop, pull me aside and encourage me.”
Dr. Bill Knight
Dr. Lisa Nash