Dr. Walter V. Wendler took office as WTAMU’s eleventh president on August 20, 2016. With more than 20 years of academic experience and leadership, Dr. Wendler is well-prepared to lead WTAMU to excellence. Wendler comes to WTAMU from Southern Illinois University (SIU) Carbondale, where he served as chancellor from 2001-2007. During his tenure, research productivity increased by 65 percent. He later returned to teaching architecture and retired as director of the School of Architecture at SIU in 2015. Before joining SIU, Wendler served as vice chancellor for Planning and System Integration at The Texas A&M University System.
A native of New York, Dr. Wendler earned an associate’s degree from the State University of New York at Farmingdale and a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from Texas A&M University. He received his master’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife Mary have two sons and six grandchildren.