Baylor students, faculty, staff and alumni have the opportunity to integrate faith, learning and service with a broad Christian view through Baylor Global Missions. Throughout 2015, students will travel to 14 countries, as well as locations in Texas and Washington, D.C.
This spring, Baylor continues its legacy of excellence in academic leadership with the appointments of Dr. Todd Still as dean of George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Dr. Michael McLendon as dean of the School of Education and Dr. Gary Mortenson as dean of the School of Music.
Dr. Garland concludes his tenure as interim provost June 1, returning to George W. Truett Theological Seminary as professor of Christian Scriptures. Since last July, he has led the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost in the oversight of all of Baylor’s educational and research programs among its 13 schools and colleges.
Baylor University’s Board of Regents voted in April to name the University’s School of Social Work in honor of its inaugural dean, Diana R. Garland, PhD, who has announced she will step down from her position June 1 and return to faculty.
After nearly 40 years in higher education, Dr. Jon Engelhardt announced his retirement as dean of Baylor’s School of Education last summer. His tenure at the position he has held since 2007 ends with the conclusion of the 2014-2015 academic year.
Baylor University has announced a lead gift by Louise “Lou” Herrington Ornelas of Tyler, Texas, which made possible the purchase of the Baptist General Convention of Texas building in Dallas for use as the new home for Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing.
Eight Baylor staff members are recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Staff Awards, nominated by Baylor faculty and staff for their exceptional service to the University. Nominees are selected in three categories and must have been employed at Baylor for at least one year.
Baylor's aspiration of becoming a community recognized for transformational education already is seeing progress with significant growth in several academic programs and the launch of new opportunities for students.
A significant number of Baylor students are pioneers in their families. They are the first to go to college, and as such they are the pride of their parents and a source of inspiration for other students in their communities.
After serving four months as interim executive director, Cheryl Gochis was named associate vice president for human resources in October. Under Gochis’ leadership, Human Resources hopes to continue improving communication with Baylor faculty and staff.
This spring marks the implementation date for several important new federal mandates to assist colleges and universities in sexual violence prevention, reporting and response under the Title IX Act of 1972.
While Baylor’s athletic teams have a history that dates back to the early 1900s, the organization that services and is served by former student-athletes was not an official part of the University for more than 70 years. That changed June 7, 2013, when the Baylor “B” Association officially became an entity of the University.
When the annual meeting of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT) takes place in mid-November in Waco, hundreds of Baptists from around the state will bring their zeal for the Gospel and their diverse perspectives and interests as gifts to share with one another and to contribute to the collective work of the church. And as a longtime partner with the BGCT, Baylor will be ready to welcome them.
In the latest rankings released by U.S. News & World Report, Baylor University climbed to No. 71 among National Universities, achieving the University’s best rating since the publication began ranking institutions beyond the top 50 in 2002. Baylor was ranked 75th by U.S. News in 2013.
Baylor’s largest construction project recently was completed when McLane Stadium hosted the first home football game of the 2014 season. But that does not mean the sounds of workers welding and hammering and the sight of cranes swinging through the skies have faded from campus life.
Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr made two executive staff appointments during the summer. Starr named Tommye Lou Davis as Chief of Staff to the President and Juan Alejandro Jr., Ed.D., as Interim Vice President of Governance and Risk and Chief Compliance Officer. Both currently serve on the President’s Executive Council.