In recognition of her decades long advocacy of education, health care, human rights and the family, Wayland Baptist University, yesterday bestowed former first lady Laura Bush with an honorary Doctor of Letters degree.
Bush was in Plainview as this year’s featured speaker in the Willson Lectures Series. She spoke to a near capacity crowd in the Harral Memorial Auditorium Wednesday morning. That event was followed by a benefit luncheon in the Laney Center.
Bush has been a champion of education, literacy and related areas. As part of his introduction, Wayland President Dr. Paul Armes noted that Laura Bush founded the Texas Book Festival in Austin and the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. and both continue today. She currently serves as chair of the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute where she continues her work on global healthcare innovations, empowering women in emerging democracies, education reform and supporting the men and women who have served in the US military.