A 1972 graduate, former orthodontist, and successful real estate developer, Wendel Nixon is undoubtedly a notable Trevecca alumnus. We thought it was a good time to get to know the member of Trevecca’s Board of Trustees a little better. Drop in on our conversation with him.

ON HOW TREVECCA BECAME A PART OF HIS STORY

“My dad was a Nazarene pastor, but my history with Trevecca goes back further than that. What a lot of people don’t know is that my mother grew up in East Nashville, within a short bicycle’s ride of the old Trevecca campus. I grew up in a Nazarene parsonage and always knew I was going to Trevecca. Trevecca has made the difference in my life. I’ve thought about this a lot recently. Trevecca is a place that takes Christ’s greatest commandment very seriously—to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, strength and to love our neighbors as ourselves. Those values are stressed and pursued here on this campus. We graduate students who show those values. Somehow something happens on this campus, a synthesis of those values in the time that they’re here, creating a graduate from Trevecca that I think stands head and shoulders above those from secular universities.”

ABOUT HIS TREVECCA EXPERIENCE

“I majored in chemistry and biology and minored in math. I was really overloaded on that side of my brain. e academic freedom and the personal touch I received here, I think, prepared me for what was to come in God’s plan for my story. It really did put me well ahead of a lot of my peers when I pursued my graduate education.”

HOW TREVECCA HELPED HIM TO GROW SPIRITUALLY

“Trevecca grounded me. I came in the ’60s. I did have my time of ... moderate rebellion. I had good times and bad times, but here I settled the question once and for all that I was totally committing my life to Christ. In fact, I have a little stone that I wrote on while I was at Trevecca the date that I made that decision and I keep that on my desk.”

WHY GIVING BACK TO TREVECCA IS SO IMPORTANT TO HIM

At different stages of our lives, we’re concerned with different matters. At this stage of life, I look back on the challenges, successes and just the family experiences that I have come through and what I was searching for was to have my life take on a meaning, a purpose. I found that in Trevecca Nazarene University. I truly believe that at this place we can not only affect the present, but also affect the future in a positive way. Everyone wants to find that something in [his or her] life that gives it meaning. When I come on campus, I’m so blessed to see what’s happening here. Trevecca gives my life meaning, and I want for that to live on for future generations, and God is calling me to that. I have found in my life the wise thing to do is say yes. And I love this place. I love Trevecca.”

HIS PHILOSOPHY OF PAYING IT FORWARD

“What I have found and would tell any prospective student, if you put God first, follow His precepts and stay in the Word, He will guide your path. And His path is success. I believe His plan for our lives is to bless us—not for ourselves—but so that we can bless others. The perspective now for me is to try to show people that there is a way to live a triumphant, successful life with meaning and purpose.”

DISCUSSING TREVECCA’S FUTURE

“I believe that we’re just at the beginning of what’s going to occur on this campus. My feeling is that Trevecca can and will be a premiere Christian university in the United States and therefore in the world. We can make this happen. God is moving here; I feel it when I come. If you listen to the stories that we’re hearing more and more of, you want to be a part of this.”