Wendler, who earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in 1972, is the director of the School of Architecture at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Prior to his current post, Wendler was SIUC’s chancellor, directing a planning and visioning process that resulted in $275 million in new campus buildings completed or under development. He also initiated the first development campaign in the university’s 135-year history, an effort that surpassed its $100 million target ahead of schedule.
Before going to SIUC, Wendler was an administrator at Texas A&M in the president’s office and the College of Architecture.
As executive assistant to the president from 1997-99, Wendler played a lead role in creating the university’s Vision 2020: Creating a Culture of Excellence, a road map pointing to recognition of Texas A&M as one of the U.S.’ 10-best public education institutions.
“He organized, guided and coordinated a group of more than 250 people who developed the goals, objectives and processes that created Vision 2020,” said A.M. Simmons ’64, a member of the document’s development team. “He then wrote and edited much of Vision 2020 to ensure a cohesive end product.”
Wendler also held several administrative positions in the College of Architecture, serving as college dean from 1992-97, head of the Department of Architecture from 1989-92 and as the college’s executive associate dean from 1988-89. He was also a member of the college's architecture faculty from 1981-2001.