Walter V. Wendler is President of West Texas A&M University and former Chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is also a distinguished alumnus of the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University.
He was appointed to the position of President at WT in September 2016. He began his tenure as Chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale on July 1, 2001, and completed his contract in 2007, and returned to teaching Architecture.
Immediately before his appointment as Chancellor, he served as Vice Chancellor for Planning of The Texas A&M University System for two years. He was the inaugural holder of the William M Peña Professorship of Information Management in the College of Architecture.
Professor Wendler was the Executive Assistant to the President of Texas A&M University beginning in September 1997. He served as Dean of the College of Architecture, initially appointed in March 1992, and re-appointed in September 1996. Professor Wendler was the head of the Department of Architecture from 1989 to 1992, and Executive Associate Dean in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University from 1988 to 1989. Before coming to Texas A&M University, he was an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.
He received his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas; the professional Master of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley; the Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University; and the Associate in Applied Science from the State University of New York at Farmingdale. He is a member of a number of honorary societies, a registered architect (retired) in Illinois, and holds the National Council of Architectural Registration Board’s certificate.
Walter V. Wendler was reared in Northport, New York. He graduated high school there in 1968. He married Mary L. Haney in 1973.