Posted: June 13, 2019 | Tradewinds
Ball State, one of the most comprehensive and largest design colleges in the country, announced the university would name the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) after the late R. Wayne Estopinal.
During a special meeting, the trustees and college leadership recognized Estopinal’s 40+ years of involvement as a highly-engaged alumni leader and trustee. He had served on Ball State’s Board of Trustees from 2011 until his death on November 30, 2018. He had also served on the Alumni Council, including its Executive Committee, and the Ball State University Foundation Board of Directors. Estopinal died when his plane crashed while traveling to attend a Ball State University alumni event in Chicago.
As a trustee at Ball State University, Wayne initiated and championed a campaign to re-establish a five-year Bachelors of Architecture degree. Wayne spent many years working with students, faculty, college leaders, university administrations and university trustees to accomplish the degree’s full reinstatement in 2017. The impact of this effort is beyond the financial savings, it allows graduates to begin contributing to the profession’s impact on our built environment sooner.
Wayne was a tireless champion for quality planning and design – generously sharing his time to mentor, educate and inspire. His ultimate goal was to impact the architectural profession through more knowledgeable practitioners and future thought leaders. Throughout his career, he employed more than 145 architectural student interns – many of whom attended Ball State – immersing each in all aspects of planning and design at his firm, TEG Architects.
Dave Ferguson, dean of Estopinal College, said he is grateful for Estopinal’s leadership and support.
“Our alumni are one of our greatest assets, and that was true of Wayne,” Ferguson said. “Like many of our graduates, he made an impact in communities throughout Indiana and the United States. He was what we want our students to be: professionally prepared, creatively curious, globally aware, and locally engaged. His generosity toward Ball State and toward CAP in particular has been exemplary.”