COMMERCE — A pair of students who met at Texas A&M University-Commerce in the 1960s, married, and worked in education and insurance have not forgotten their alma mater.
Wayne and Wanda Galyeans’ donations to A&M-Commerce and the Science Building have resulted in a lecture hall being named in their honor.
The Galyeans, Sulphur Springs residents, and their family were recognized at a reception in their honor on June 2 in the Science Building.
“We want to recognize two of our outstanding supporters and alumni of the university,” interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement Derryle Peace said at the brief ceremony honoring the Galyeans.
“Your gift to the building is so important,” said A&M-Commerce President Dan Jones. “Your vision propels the university forward, and our best years are yet to come.”
Jones said the university is committed to emphasizing math and science.
Wayne Galyean, president of Galyean Insurance in Sulphur Springs, Greenville and Rockwall, said the university “has a sweet spot in my heart.”
“It is a thrill to give back,” he said.
Wayne Galyean, who graduated from high school in Alba, said attending a regional university the size of A&M-Commerce was a big help to him in earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
He was a former teacher, vice principal, and high school principal at Sulphur Springs Independent School District before entering the insurance business.
He is also a member of the A&M-Commerce Foundation Board.
Wanda Galyean earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at A&M-Commerce and taught homemaking at Sulphur Springs High School.
“We’ve had some wonderful years in education, and this is a small way to give back to the professors,” she said.
The event ended with guests watching a show in the A&M-Commerce Planetarium.
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