Weathersbee invests in students’ lives

Over the summer, Dr. Byron Weathersbee was appointed as the Vice President for Student Life. In this role, he
will oversee the spiritual, academic and physical needs of students by supervising various offices like residence life, career services and campus recreation. But Weathersbee does not sit in his office all day dictating rules and making decisions—he is actively pursuing the students’ best interest and is involved with daily campus activities.

“We have a 2,700 student population. The student life vice president serves as the chief advocate for students to the UMHB administration,” said Dr. Steve Theodore, Vice President for Administration and Chief Operating Officer. “Dr. Weathersbee will sit at our President’s Council. He will sit at the table where all the decisions are made at this campus and…represent the student’s best interest.”

Theodore served as the past vice president for Student Life from 2005 to 2009 and believes Weathersbee will

Vice President for Admistration and Chief Operating Offi cer Dr. Steve Theodore (left) and Vice President for Student Life Dr. Byron Weathersbee amused students as they rode campus bikes after the fall convocation ceremony.

Vice President for Admistration and Chief Operating Offi cer Dr. Steve Theodore (left) and Vice President for Student Life Dr. Byron Weathersbee amused students as they rode campus bikes after the fall convocation ceremony.

be a perfect fit for the position.

“He is a fantastic guy and a great friend who loves students and loves the Lord— what better combination could you have,” Theodore said.

Working at UMHB is not Weathersbee’s first time on a college campus. Previously, he served as the interim university chaplain and as the sports chaplain at Baylor University where he spoke at chapel and before baseball games. It was right up his alley, considering he loves being outdoors.

“I love to water ski and wake board. I love sports. I am a sports nut,” he said.

Additionally, Weathersbee founded Legacy Family Ministries with his wife Carla where he continued to work
with students and help them to understand who they are as individuals before becoming involved in a serious relationship.

To spread his ministry Weathersbee planned to visit 25 college campuses in two years and give away 5000 books. He reached his goal in nine months by visiting 20 campuses and giving away 4000-4500 books.

It was while on tour for his book, Before Forever: How do You Know That You Know?, that he realized he missed not being able to build strong relationships.

He said, “I wanted to find someplace where I could invest my life into people and into a system that is investing their lives into people.”

Weathersbee’s goal for his office is “to serve the directors of campus recreation and the nurse and student organizations in such a way that they can do their job with excellence, so that it enhances the whole experience that UMHB has to offer.”

Weathersbee is excited about many of the school’s traditions and said he feels privileged to be a part of the inauguration of the university’s 22nd president. Among his list of things to do are attend Campus Run and emcee for the ’80s inauguration bash.

“On my top five list this fall is getting to know students and getting to understand this

culture,” Weathersbee said. “Anytime you go to a place that’s new, you’ve got to learn and understand the culture and become a fabric of that culture.”

One way he is getting to know the culture of the university is through building relationships with students.

“Kids come into the office all the time just wanting to say hi,” freshman nursing major Cameron Prenger said. “He makes everyone feel like they are on the same level.” Freshman business major

Ben Taylor believes Weathersbee’s persona reflects what the university is about.

“I think he brings a great personality and work ethic to UMHB,” Taylor said. “His warm nature makes students
feel like they can always have somebody to talk to when they need to.”

Administrative assistant for Student Life Joy Childress works closely with Weathersbee and she believes his personality works well with the students.

“Byron is one of those types of people who does not know a stranger,” she said. “When a student comes in the office that he has not met before, he is quick to put out his hand.”

“His commitment to the student body is evident and pure,” Childress said.

Author: Lindsay Schaefer

Lindsay Schaefer is a junior Mass Communication, Public Relations major at UMHB. She is the Entertainment Page editor for The Bells Newspaper. Growing up in the small town of Nacogdoches, Texas taught her to enjoy the simple things in life such as local cuisine, an afternoon at grandma’s house, and getting to know her “neighbors”. If she’s not hunting for the latest pair of shoes, she can most likely be found eating chocolate cake with her closest friends. She enjoys making copies for the Bells newspaper and taking on many other random assignments!

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