Weatherford College has announced that local businessman and civic leader Wayne Garrett has been selected as the 2015 WC Alumnus of the Year. He will be honored during the annual Alumni Awards Luncheon Friday, along with Distinguished Alumni Award honorees Dr. Bill Knight, Dr. Lisa Nash and Don Plumlee.
A 1974 graduate of WC, it wasn’t long before Garrett established Snow, Garrett & Company in 1980 with Gary Snow. Now known as Snow Garrett Williams, the company has grown to 30 employees and more than 2,500 clients providing tax, accounting, investment and audit services. Snow was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014.
Among the many accolades received during his successful career, Garrett was recognized for four straight years by Texas Monthly as among the top 3 percent of wealth managers in the DFW area. He was also named Weatherford’s Outstanding Citizen of the Year in 2013, is a former member of the Weatherford City Council and past president of the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce.
Knight graduated from WC in 1957 and dedicated his career to education. He served as principal of Millsap High School from 1961 to 1965, superintendent of Saltillo ISD from 1965 to 1969 and Superintendent of Mineola ISD from 1970 to 1992. He was named the Region VII Superintendent of the Year and was a nominee for Texas Superintendent of the Year in 1988. He was also Mineola Man of the Year in 1985.
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He established the Jack Knight Scholarship Fund in 2014 with a gift to the WC Foundation in honor of his late brother, another WC alumnus who earned the Medal of Honor for his acts of bravery in World War II. Bill Knight continues to contribute to the Foundation by donating the proceeds from his book, My Brother Jack.
Nash attended WC from 1982 to 1985. She is currently the Associate Dean for Educational Programs and Associate Professor at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth. She also serves as the Director of Osteopathic Medical Education at Plaza Medical Center.
In 2010, Nash received “Top Doc” designation from Best Doctors, Inc., placing her in the top 5 percent of physicians in the nation. She was also honored as the Outstanding Alumnus at Brock High School in 1995, and served as a foster parent for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services in Galveston from 2003 to 2005.
Plumlee completed his associate’s degree at WC in 1962. He retired in 1996 with 33 years of service in teaching and educational administration. At the time of his retirement he worked as a facilitator for the Amarillo ISD. He served as Principal of Amarillo Palo Duro High School for seven years and Principal of Sam Houston Junior High School for nine years.
He has previously been recognized by the Peaster Ex-Student and Teacher Organization as an Educator of the Year and served two years as President of the Parker County Retired Teachers Association.
The Alumni Awards Luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Doss Student Center. The public is welcome to attend. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To purchase tickets, contact Marsha Johnson at 817-598-6272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.