Howard Payne University’s Board of Trustees met recently with five new members joining the university’s governing body. The new trustees are Rev. L.J. Clayton of San Antonio, Daniel Deviney of Bulverde, Marc Dingler of Midland, Dr. David L. Lowrie, Jr. of Decatur and Robert Morrison of Abilene. Each began a three-year term on Jan. 1.

“HPU is blessed to have men and women of God serving as trustees,” said Dr. Bill Ellis, university president. “As trustees, their first priority is honoring God and their second priority is HPU’s continuing success. We’re grateful for their service.”

Rev. Clayton graduated from HPU in 1977 and went on to earn a master’s degree in educational administration from Prairie View A&M University. He additionally earned a Bible certification from South Texas School of Christian Studies. He serves as pastor of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Cuero. Clayton and his wife, Lori Hassel Clayton, a 1975 HPU graduate, have four children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Deviney is a 1992 HPU graduate and earned a master’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University in 1994. He serves as financial advisor at Deviney Financial Services, LLC, in Bulverde. Deviney and his wife, Audra Caldwell Deviney, a 1992 HPU graduate, have two children.

Dingler graduated from HPU in 1984 and from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1989. He serves as a business executive at Diamondback Energy in Midland. He is married to Kari Donaldson Dingler ’84 and the couple has three children.w

Dr. Lowrie, who previously served as president of HPU’s Board of Trustees and rotated off the board in 2015, graduated from Baylor University in 1982. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1987 and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Bethel Seminary in 2005. He serves as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Decatur. Dr. Lowrie and his wife, Robyn Kay Lowrie, have four children and two grandchildren.

Morrison graduated from HPU in 1982 and went on to earn a Master of Education degree from Tarleton State University in 1987 and principal certification and Master of Education degree in educational administration from Prairie View A&M University in 1998. He is an administrator in the Abilene Independent School District.

Howard Payne University’s Board of Trustees meets each year in March, July and October.