At its January meeting, Baylor University Board of Regents Chairman Richard Willis, BBA '81, MBA '82, announced that Dr. Christopher B. Howard, president of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, and Dan Hord III, BBA '89, partner in HEDLOC Investment Co. LLC and Western Property Group of Midland, have been elected to three-year terms on the university's governing board. The Board welcomed their two newest members for the February meeting.
Howard has served as president of Hampden-Sydney College since 2009. A native Texan, Howard was class president and the starting running back for the Air Force Academy before heading to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. He earned a master's and doctorate there, then added an MBA from Harvard Business School. Among many honors, Howard was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as a member of the National Security Education Program Board.
Hord's companies are involved in oil and gas exploration and production and commercial property development and leasing. Over the years, Hord has kept strong connections to Baylor by serving on the Hankamer School of Business Advisory Board and through involvement with the Baylor Angel Network, an investor group that provides early stage capital to entrepreneurs. His wife, Jenni, BBA '92, is also a Baylor graduate.
At the February meeting, Willis also announced that Dr. Todd D. Still, professor of Christian Scriptures, holder of The William M. Hinson Chair of Christian Scriptures at George W. Truett Theological Seminary and chair of the University's Faculty Senate, and Taylor Hoogendoorn, a junior Baylor Business Fellow from Elmhurst, Ill., with majors in economics, finance and mathematics, were elected to serve one-year terms as non-voting Faculty and Student Regents, respectively. Their terms will begin on June 1. This is the second year that Still has been selected by Baylor Regents, while Hoogendoorn will fill a seat vacated by current Student Regent Kelly Rapp.