WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — The MSU Texas Board of Regents has renamed the Sikes Lake Trail in honor of President Suzanne Shipley.
In the Board of Regents’ final quarterly meeting before the transition to the Texas Tech University System on Sept. 1, the board has recognized Shipley’s retirement and renaming Sikes Lake Trail to Suzanne Shipley Trail.
“Dr. Shipley and her husband, Randall Wadsworth, and their pets have walked this trail nearly every day since they arrived on campus six years ago,” said Board Vice-Chair Nancy Marks upon reading of the motion. “This naming is fitting and will remind students, faculty, and community members of her contributions to MSU Texas as they use the trail for years to come.”
The MSU Texas Board of Regents has also named an interim president set to take over Sept. 1.
MSU Texas Provost James Johnston has been tapped to take the reigns of the university. He began his tenure at MSU Texas in 2003 as an associate professor of radiologic science and served as dean of the Robert D. and Carol Gunn College of Health Sciences and Human Services from 2013 until his appointment as provost and vice president of academic affairs of 2017.