Wayne Whelan retired in 2005 after a 44-year career as an educator. He held leadership roles in continuing higher education departments and divisions at Richard Bland College of the College of William and Mary, Virginia State University, University of Tennessee and Trident Technical College. He was responsible for evening college, summer sessions, off-campus, non-credit, and conferences.
Wayne was very active in ACHE and served as Director-at-Large (1979-82), President (1983-84) and Executive Vice President (1993-2004). He also served as Chairman of then-Region V (1974-75). He was Local Arrangements Chair for the 1980 ACHE annual meeting in Knoxville, and assisted with hosting the 1989 and 2000 annual meetings in Charleston and Myrtle Beach.
Along the way, he attended the ACHE's annual meetings for 32 consecutive years.
Wayne received many awards including ACHE's Leadership Award, Meritorious Service Award, and the Emeritus Award. In addition, he was elected to Phi Delta Kappa education fraternity.
He served as President of the South Carolina Association for Higher Continuing Education in 1993-94 and received its Outstanding Continuing Education Professional Award in 2004.
Wayne's primary retirement activities are teaching adult Sunday School and playing the Great Highland Bagpipe.