A Welcome from Your New Director

In nature, spring is a time of transition and transformation, and so it goes for the Virtual Campus. After 21/2 years as your distance learning specialist I have been blessed with the opportunity of serving as the Director of the Virtual Campus.   I come to this job with 20 years of experience in distance education including teaching, designing courses, and implementing and directing a new online program. I am very active in the Texas Blackboard Users Group, and currently serve as the President of the Texas Distance Learning Association, a non-profit organization of over 700 individuals, universities, colleges, corporations, non-profits, and military in Texas that keep abreast on ideas, technologies, legislation, and content to help develop and maintain leading-edge distance learning programs.

Wayland has an outstanding online learning program and I am excited to be a part of it. I bring to this job a foundation of integrity, a passion for learning and teaching, a commitment to excellence and quality education for our students, and a conviction that integrating faith and learning throughout our program will lead to graduates who are successful professionally, and in service to God and their community. I am excited about the opportunity to market Wayland’s online program beyond its current borders. We have a unique niche in the world of distance education created by our excellent programs and Christian values.

My sincere thanks and appreciation go to Dr. Scott Franklin who has mentored me in the Virtual Campus. He has done a superb job of developing policies that strengthen the program, establishing authorization nationwide as prescribed by the DOE, and building relationships across all the WBU campuses to make the Virtual Campus an outstanding part of Wayland. His unique talents with technology and programming will be sorely missed but as the Dean of Math and Sciences his new office is not far away!

Gratefully, my staff will not change. Leslie Burson, Jennifer Brown, Jennifer Martin, and Holly Warren are the ones who know the “who, what, where, why, and when” of the functioning virtual campus and without them I would be lost. They have a wonderful commitment to Wayland and working with them is a joy. We will continue to strive to bring you excellent service, meeting your needs as students and instructors.

I am grateful for this opportunity to serve you and look forward to the months and years ahead. I have been richly blessed by being a part of the Wayland community and I hope to give back to you in some humble way.

God bless you

Dr. Tricia Ritschel-Trifilo, Director of the Virtual Campus

Luke 6:38   Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.


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