College re-names library after Speaker Jim Wright

Members of the Weatherford College Board of Trustees voted to name the campus library the Speaker Jim Wright Library in honor of the notable alumnus who passed away in May.

The board had previously discussed naming something on campus after the former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, who graduated from WC in 1941. But in light of Wright’s nationally-known accomplishments, the board and administration struggled to find the appropriate facility to carry his name.

Since his passing, the conversation began again and the idea of naming the library after Speaker Wright presented itself due to the central location of the library and the artifacts related to WC’s history housed in the building.

“Throughout his illustrious career, Speaker Wright always talked about Weatherford College and the impact the college had on his life,” said Brent Baker, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “He was very proud of his roots at WC, and the College has always been extremely proud of what he accomplished in decades of public service.”

Board Chairman Frank Martin made a motion to name the library the Speaker Jim Wright Library with Board Vice Chairman Joel Watson making the second. The motion passed unanimously.

“Everyone knows what an impact he made, back to the time he attended Weatherford College,” Martin said.

Martin asked the administration to plan a dedication ceremony in the fall.

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