News Archives: Registrar

HPU announces holiday closure

BROWNWOOD – December 17, 2019 – Howard Payne University will be closed from Monday, Dec. 23, through Friday, Jan. 3, in observance of the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays. Offices will reopen on Monday, Jan. 6.

HPU’s Office of Institutional Advancement (the Harrison House), located at 803 Center Ave., will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, and Tuesday, Dec. 31, to process end-of-the-year gifts. On Tuesday, Dec. 31, the public is invited to visit the Harrison House during open hours to enjoy hot chocolate and cookies with staff. Gifts can also be arranged to be made in person or by contacting Dr. Dale Meinecke, vice president for development, by phone at 325-649-8804 or e-mail at anytime throughout the Christmas break.

HPU’s spring 2020 semester begins on Monday, Jan. 13.

Applications are being accepted for the spring 2020 semester at Howard Payne University ( For more information about HPU, including the wide range of available financial aid options, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at


HPU to hold fall Commencement ceremony this Saturday

Howard Payne University will hold its fall Commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 7, beginning at 10 a.m. at the university’s historic L.J. Mims Auditorium. The auditorium is located on HPU’s campus, near the intersection of Center Avenue and Austin Avenue.

Dr. Cory Hines, HPU president, and other university representatives will confer the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Delivering the charge to the graduates is Dr. Steve Bezner, senior pastor of Houston Northwest Baptist Church.

Commencement will be preceded on Friday, Dec. 6, by the Chime Out ceremony, an HPU tradition in which graduating seniors pass a chain of ivy to underclassmen, symbolizing the passing of authority, responsibility and privileges to those students who remain on campus to carry on the traditions of the university. Chime Out begins at 6 p.m. at L.J. Mims Auditorium.

Both events will be livestreamed on Facebook at


Cutline: HPU’s historic L.J. Mims Auditorium is the site for the university’s fall Chime Out and Commencement ceremonies.

HPU honors 241 for academic success during spring 2018 semester

HPU campus skylineBROWNWOOD, TEXAS – June 11, 2018 – Howard Payne University honored 241 students for academic success during the spring 2018 semester. Students must earn a 4.0 grade point average to be named to the President’s List, a 3.65-3.99 grade point average to be named to the Dean’s List and a 3.5-3.64 grade point average to be named to the Honor Roll.

Receiving honors were:

Kylie Johnson, President’s List

Miranda Rice, Honor Roll

Skyler Schoolfield, President’s List

Brianna Weaver, President’s List

Jessica Catlett, President’s List

Cyle Johnson, Dean’s List
Audrey Kirkland, President’s List
Natalie Stephens, President’s List

Bryan Bourque, Dean’s List
Taylor Davis, President’s List

Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Rachel White, Dean’s List

Emma Reed, President’s List
Cade Varrichio, Honor Roll

Erin Buergner, President’s List
Christopher Dunn, Dean’s List
Marissa Godbey, President’s List
Riley Morrison, Honor Roll
Luke Victor, Honor Roll

Jarryd Evans, Dean’s List
Landon James, Honor Roll
Jordan Pitman, President’s List

Rickey Guillory, Dean’s List

Abigail Miller, President’s List

Charles Lewis, Honor Roll

Suzanne Schad, President’s List

Travis Adams, Dean’s List
Amy Baskin, Dean’s List
Kelsy Bellah, President’s List
Audrey Binion, Honor Roll
Kaitlyn Bush, President’s List
Kinsey Colegrove, Dean’s List
Amanda Collins, President’s List
Regina Dunlap, President’s List
Tanya Glasscock, President’s List
Kristen Herring, President’s List
Kindell Hill, Honor Roll
Tiffany Hogue, Honor Roll
Kimberlyn Ho, President’s List
Sierra Jackson, President’s List
Hannah Justice, President’s List
Joel Justice, President’s List
Weston Kirbo, Dean’s List
Jensen Limer, President’s List
Cheyanne Lovelady, Dean’s List
Jennifer Martinez, Honor Roll
Grace Milcherska, President’s List
Pearline Minor, Honor Roll
Marleyna Murray, President’s List
Bailey Myler, Honor Roll
Hannah Netherton, President’s List
Debbie Odom, President’s List
Shantel Oplotnik, Dean’s List
Seth Owen, Dean’s List
Tandi Patton, President’s List
Tanner Pennington, President’s List
Aaron Pulley, Honor Roll
Gip Sills, Dean’s List
Isaac Sommers, President’s List
Stephanie Tarigan, Dean’s List
Stephanie Thompson, President’s List
Chancey Thurmon, Dean’s List
Keegan Torres, President’s List
Brayden Towell, Dean’s List
Connor Vara, Honor Roll
Caitlin Vincent, President’s List
Tricia Webb, Dean’s List

McKenna Walker, Honor Roll

Preston Davis, President’s List
Madelyn Deviney, Dean’s List

Lexie Hobby, President’s List

Jordan Hahn, President’s List

Caddo Mills
Tabitha Moore, Honor Roll

Sierra Ross, President’s List

Canyon Country, California
Matthew Davis, Honor Roll

Canyon Lake
Alyssa Henry, Dean’s List

Cedar Park
Nicole Goodwin, Dean’s List

Madison Neal, Dean’s List
Carter Renfro, Honor Roll

Robert Caraway, Honor Roll
Tonya Thompson, Honor Roll
Camille Webb, President’s List

Clifton, Colorado
Caleb Kostreva, President’s List

Allison Auvenshine, President’s List
Enna Carroll, Dean’s List
Collin Davis, Honor Roll
Meagan Hanson, President’s List
Jaze Randolph, Dean’s List

Ryan Mason, Dean’s List

Sadee Regian, Honor Roll

Audrey Simpson, President’s List

Cecily McIlwain, Honor Roll

Spencer Wolverton, President’s List

Hunter Coffee, Dean’s List
Shaunna Connelly, Dean’s List
Abraham Cooper, President’s List
Jakayli Coppic, Honor Roll
Conner Drew, President’s List
Jacob Ledbetter, Honor Roll
Dylan Person, Dean’s List
Meagan Sessler, Dean’s List

Anna McBride, Dean’s List

Karla Zachary, President’s List

El Paso
Rodolfo Castro, Honor Roll
Mary Martinez, Honor Roll

Dorian Buitron, Dean’s List

Brittany Cortez, Dean’s List

Fort Worth
Andrew Errico, Dean’s List
Brooke Gibbs, President’s List
Lucy Manning, President’s List
Reed Shelley, President’s List
Collin Wright, Dean’s List

Kalin Brown, President’s List

Rebekah Barnett, President’s List

Garden Ridge
Camila Cotter, Dean’s List

Augusta Johnson, Dean’s List

Breanna Hunt, Honor Roll
Ty Wright, Honor Roll

Ryan Miles, Dean’s List

Sarah Fernandez, Honor Roll
Hanna Henson, President’s List

Seth Rainey, Dean’s List

McKinzey Boyer, Dean’s List
Madison Miller, Dean’s List
Katelyn O’Conner, President’s List

Grand Prairie
Gabriella Diaz De Leon, Dean’s List

Haltom City
Dayane Gutierrez, President’s List

Kade Kahanek, Honor Roll

Trey Carpenter, Dean’s List

Harker Heights
Jada Evans, President’s List
Anna Leffers, President’s List

Cody Hughes, President’s List

Kira Teel, Honor Roll

Sara Heinrichs, President’s List

Jeremiah Wenzel, Dean’s List

Lindsey Krueger, President’s List

Hunter Bazan, President’s List

John Killough, Dean’s List

Noah Acord, Honor Roll

Abner Reyes, President’s List

Anissa Peralta, Dean’s List

Julia James, President’s List

Anastasia Willis, Dean’s List

Talon Davis-Rentfro, Honor Roll

Tyla Tipton, Honor Roll
Maggie Van Nes, Dean’s List

Hailey Green, President’s List

Catrina Hooten, President’s List
Morgan Patterson, President’s List

Kaytlin Hunkins, Dean’s List
Tyler James, Honor Roll

Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Wesley Smith, Dean’s List

Hope Veroneau, Dean’s List

Matthew Martin, Dean’s List

Lebanon, Oregon
Joshua Gerig, Dean’s List

Little Elm
Kailey Doering, President’s List
Brady Wade, President’s List

Rachel Hughes, Dean’s List

Jacob Salazar, Honor Roll

Rebekah Lytle, President’s List

Rachel Henry, Honor Roll

Donna Moses, Dean’s List
Hannah Williams, President’s List

Emily Villarreal, Dean’s List

Tara Carroll, President’s List
Fred Zavala, President’s List

Kori Harrison, Honor Roll
Harlei Struck, Dean’s List

Stephen Featherston, Honor Roll

Kimberly Bogart, President’s List
Britt Boler, Dean’s List
Jacob Lehrer, Honor Roll

Emily Ball, Dean’s List
James Laney, Dean’s List

Midway, Arkansas
David Manolof, Dean’s List
Jessica Swonger, President’s List

Garrett Ford, Honor Roll

Mount Pleasant
Paul Chandler, President’s List
Maci Dorsey, President’s List
Joshua Dykes, Dean’s List

Zoe Emley, Honor Roll
Andrew Overmiller, Honor Roll

New Braunfels
Emily Dixon, President’s List
Adelaide Joralemon, President’s List
Travis Kiers, Honor Roll
Eric Lehr, President’s List

Carissa Higbee, President’s List

North Richland Hills
Lacey Eagan, President’s List

Larry Potter, Dean’s List
Destiny Ramirez, President’s List
Julie Yarbro, Honor Roll

Colton Horton, Honor Roll

Pipe Creek
Aryn Morris, President’s List

Grant Saltar, Dean’s List

Keeley McKinney, Dean’s List

Scott Wright, President’s List

Rio Hondo
Josue Garza, Dean’s List

Rising Star
Kinsey Nall, President’s List

Michaela Brandt, Dean’s List

Benjamin Blanchard, President’s List
Brian Blanchard, Dean’s List
Erin Blanchard, Dean’s List

Round Rock
Stephanie Rike, President’s List
Penny Stehlik President’s List

Rachel Carpenter, President’s List
Austin Miller, Honor Roll

Runaway Bay
Lainee Hasty, Dean’s List

San Angelo
Wesley Haman, Dean’s List
Juan Luna, Honor Roll
Adriana Mata, Dean’s List
Erin McCleer, President’s List

San Antonio
Brittany Brown, President’s List
DeVanté Donald, Honor Roll
Sabrina Martinez, President’s List
Collin Salyers, President’s List
Micah Smith, President’s List

San Saba
Caelob, Hardman, Honor Roll

Jenna Stuard, President’s List

Britni Hays, Honor Roll

Shadd Cole, Dean’s List

Michael Hazard, President’s List

Elizabeth Reynolds, President’s List

Cali Brockway, President’s List

Trophy Club
Chase Pittman, Honor Roll

Sierra Bennett, President’s List
Lillie McDonald, Dean’s List

Kayla Chadwick, Honor Roll

Ariana Rehm, President’s List

Valley Mills
Lance Bracco, Honor Roll

Chandler Clark, Honor Roll
Chelsey Harris, Dean’s List

Daniela Puente, Dean’s List

Kaitlyn Harrison, President’s List

Sidney Ganus, President’s List
Michael Nowak, Honor Roll

Morgan Andie McCoy, President’s List

Cassia Rose, President’s List

Applications are still being accepted for the fall 2018 semester at Howard Payne University ( HPU offers a variety of financial aid options. For more information about HPU, contact HPU’s Office of Admission at 325-649-8020 or by e-mail at


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.

San Saba’s Leigh Ann Glaze named HPU registrar

Leigh Ann Glaze for webBROWNWOOD – February 27, 2017 – Howard Payne University recently named Leigh Ann Glaze, former public school administrator, as the university’s registrar. Glaze began her new role in January and follows the recently retired Lana Wagner.

Glaze spent 26 years in public education, most recently serving nine years as superintendent at San Saba Independent School District. In addition, she served as assistant superintendent and school counselor in San Saba and taught English at Jim Ned Consolidated Independent School District.

She spoke of her decision to start a new career in higher education so quickly following her retirement from public education.

“I know myself too well,” she said. “I would go stir crazy if I actually retired.”

As HPU registrar, Glaze handles academic records and has varied other responsibilities, many of which overlap with her public school administrator roles. Additionally, she oversees the operations and staff of the Office of the Registrar, including Bobbie Price, certification coordinator and graduation assistant; Martha Fothergill, coordinator of records and reports; and Kelly Franke, coordinator of transfer credits and records.

“These ladies have been great at helping me get settled into the job,” Glaze said. “Everyone at HPU has been so kind and helpful.”

Dr. Mark Tew, provost and chief academic officer, expressed his delight in Glaze’s appointment.

“We’re blessed to have found someone like Leigh Ann to fill the void after Lana’s retirement,” he said. “Her experience and skill set, complemented by her warmth and friendliness, make her a perfect fit at HPU.”

Glaze and her husband, Scott, have one daughter, Brittany.


Cutline: HPU recently appointed Leigh Ann Glaze as the university’s registrar.

HPU registrar retires after 43 years

Lana WagnerBROWNWOOD – February 2, 2017 – Lana Wagner, who retired from Howard Payne University at the end of January after 43 years, calls leaving HPU “surreal.”

“I know it’s time, but it’s a major life change,” she said. “It will take some regrouping for sure.”

Wagner began at HPU in 1972 as a loan collection officer in financial aid and moved into her current role of registrar in 1999, taking two years off work in the late 1970s when her daughter was born.

She described the reasons she’s stayed with the university for so long.

“The atmosphere and the people with whom I work are the biggest factors,” she said.

Wagner said she and her coworkers have become “like family.” She doesn’t use the term lightly. Two with whom she is particularly close – Glenda Huff, director of student aid, and Bobbie Price, certification coordinator and graduation assistant – have served alongside her at HPU for 41 years and 45 years, respectively.

Among many other roles, Wagner and the rest of the Office of the Registrar staff assist students with registration, maintain student records, prepare transcripts and play a large part in the university’s Commencement services twice each year.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better staff,” she said. “They make me look good with their professionalism and willingness to work hard.”

She also has high praise for HPU administrators, including the three provosts with whom she has served in her time as registrar: Dr. Donnie Auvenshine, now serving as dean of the School of Christian Studies and professor of Christian studies; Dr. Robert Bicknell, now serving as accreditation liaison and dean of extended education; and Dr. Mark Tew, current provost and chief academic officer.

“I’ve felt valued at Howard Payne,” she said. “Administrators ask your opinion and care about what you have to say.”

Dr. Tew said he has been blessed to work with Wagner throughout his almost 10 years at HPU.

“Lana was not someone who simply reported to me,” he said. “She has been my colleague and she will be missed.”

Though it’s hard to leave the HPU family, Wagner is excited to spend more time with her own. She has seven – soon to be eight – grandchildren and is looking forward to being able to attend their activities and devote more attention to them.

Wagner, who earned a degree from HPU in 1997, said HPU is unique in that faculty, staff and students are encouraged to openly and proudly live their faith.

“There are very few places of employment where you can do that,” she said. “That’s the thing that has always been a draw for me.”


Cutline: HPU registrar Lana Wagner has retired from the university after 43 years of service.