“From the panhandle to the world.” That’s the slogan of West Texas A&M’s new WT 125 Generational Strategic Plan.
The goal is for the university to become experts in the fields that directly affect the Texas Panhandle, then grow in those industries to make WT and it’s graduates more attractive to the rest of the country and world.
“Serve locally and serve well. Do research, and study the issues,” said WT President Dr. Walter Wendler.
We are talking areas like big beef, small community education leadership, even water use in water-challenged areas.
“What we want to do is, together with agricultural and engineering, we want to establish a water engineering emphasis for our campus. Water engineering and the utilization of water. Just how is it used in a way that makes it a precious commodity,” said Dr. Wendler.
Dr. Wendler said the panhandle comes first.
“We have an agenda set up that matches local needs. We’re not trying to be like Texas A&M or the University of Texas. They are great places, but we don’t want to do that,” Dr. Wendler said.
This is a long-range plan, so it is a fluid plan. No telling what happens 16 years into the future.
“We just launched it, we just finished it, and already, there are edges that are already out of date. It’s a view ahead, but we know we’re not capable to see that far ahead,” said Dr. Wendler.
The plan took two years to make and has input from more than 300 people including, bank presidents and ranchers.