WACO, Texas (Feb. 17, 2017) – The Baylor Board of Regents today adopted new bylaws that will improve University governance by increasing diversity among the Regents, provide voting privileges to a second-term student Regent and give the public a more transparent view of Board operations and decisions.
WACO, Texas (Feb. 17, 2017) – At its February meeting, the Baylor University Board of Regents approved the best practice recommendations of a six-member Governance Review Task Force that completed a detailed, independent review of the Board’s governance policies and practices. Over its two-day meeting, the board also heard a number of reports, including those on the ongoing implementation of recommendations received in May, the University’s presidential search, SACSCOC reaccreditation, admissions and athletics.
Last weekend a group of Baylor alumni called for members of the Baylor University Board of Regents and administration to resign. This was the latest indication that, as Baylor has gone through one of the most turbulent periods of its recent history, we yet find our university community at sharp odds.
Last week was yet another painful one for Baylor University. Some upsetting facts were included in a court filing I made in response to a defamation lawsuit against three Baylor regents. The filing detailed the information that compelled the board of regents to remove Art Briles as head football coach last May.
On behalf of the Baylor University Board of Regents, I would like to thank you for the invitation to participate in the proposed Baylor Line Foundation’s Town Hall Meeting on Governance Reform. We share a love and passion for Baylor that informs our decisions and actions to do what is best for our beloved university, now and into the future.
In November 2016, the Governance Committee of the Baylor University Board of Regents approached six individuals with significant for-profit and not-for-profit board governance experience to form a Task Force to complete a detailed, independent review of the Board's governance policies and practices.
Last fall, the Baylor Board of Regents created a Governance Review Task Force to assess board operations and to recommend changes. On Monday, the Task Force delivered its final report to the Board’s Governance Committee. The report includes more than 30 detailed recommendations for changes to the Bylaws and Guidelines for Board Operations.
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