FAQ's

The Baylor-BAA Transition Agreement honors the heritage of alumni support and creates dynamic opportunities for fostering alumni engagement and strengthening the voice of alumni in shaping Baylor's future.

If you are a BAA member, the future lies in your hands, as only BAA members can vote on September 7. The democratic governance structure of the BAA provides an occasion for BAA members to exercise their powers of self-determination through a vote on this historic agreement.

The following represent commonly asked questions concerning the agreement between Baylor and the Baylor Alumni Association.

FAQ - FAQ's

1. How was the Transition Agreement created?
2. What are the basic elements of the Transition Agreement?
3. How can I vote on the Transition Agreement?
4. Why should I vote in favor of the Transition Agreement?
5. How will programs for alumni be affected?
6. What will happen to the Baylor Line magazine?
7. What will happen to the BAA's Board of Directors?
8. If the Transition Agreement is approved, what will happen to current BAA staff members and the BAA's financial assets?
9. Where can I read the agreement in its entirety?
10. How can I get involved?
11. What will happen to my life membership if the Transition Agreement is approved?
12. I have been an annual member of the BAA. Will I have to pay annual dues to take part in alumni events in the future if the Transition Agreement is approved?




FAQ - FAQ's

1. How was the Transition Agreement created?
On May 31, the executive leadership of Baylor University and the Baylor Alumni Association (BAA) approved the Transition Agreement after 10 months of active discussions held to identify opportunities for unifying Baylor's alumni outreach and engagement programs.

2. What are the basic elements of the Transition Agreement?
The agreement creates an Alumni Advisory Board that will provide input into alumni engagement and outreach efforts; places one non-voting alumni representative (similar to the faculty and student representatives) on the Baylor Board of Regents to offer a distinctly alumni perspective on university direction; establishes the Baylor Line Corporation to continue publishing the Baylor Line magazine to subscribers; and places the official alumni engagement responsibility within the university.

3. How can I vote on the Transition Agreement?
BAA members will vote on the Transition Agreement on Saturday, September 7, at 11 a.m. in Waco Hall on the Baylor University campus. Only BAA members in good standing will be allowed to vote on the agreement, and votes must be placed in person. To check on your membership status, call the BAA at 1-888-710-1859.

4. Why should I vote in favor of the Transition Agreement?
A vote in favor of the Transition Agreement reflects the BAA's dedication to serving Baylor, honors the BAA's tradition of advocacy and inquiry, endows alumni with greater influence on the university's direction, and positions Baylor for the greatest possible advances in alumni engagement.

5. How will programs for alumni be affected?
By combining certain BAA programs with those of the already-existing Baylor Alumni Network in a forward-thinking manner, the agreement will allow the Baylor family to move past an era of confusion and duplication in alumni activities to form a single, comprehensive, university-based alumni engagement program whose reach and strength will be unparalleled in Baylor's history.

6. What will happen to the Baylor Line magazine?
The Transition Agreement provides for the continuation of the Baylor Line as an independently managed, operated and governed magazine. In doing so, the agreement preserves an invaluable voice in the Baylor conversation, enhancing the magazine's ability to serve as an institutional "round table" around which important and complex questions are explored and debated for the benefit of the Baylor family.

7. What will happen to the BAA's Board of Directors?
In creating a representative Baylor Alumni Advisory Board (BAAB), the agreement will carry forward the tradition of alumni acting as partners with university leadership to build a greater Baylor. Following the dissolution of the BAA as a legal entity, current BAA directors will be invited to serve on the new BAAB. Current directors may also be invited to serve on the board of the Baylor Line Corp., which will independently govern the Baylor Line magazine.

8. If the Transition Agreement is approved, what will happen to current BAA staff members and the BAA's financial assets?
Current BAA staff members who are eligible for hire by Baylor will be offered positions within Baylor University, with some of those positions possibly being leased back to the Baylor Line Corp. Consistent with the BAA's governing documents and applicable law, the BAA will transfer its assets to Baylor, and donor-restricted gifts will be administered in a manner consistent with donor intent. Gifts made to the BAA to support the independent voice of the Baylor Line magazine will be retained by the Baylor Line Corp.

9. Where can I read the agreement in its entirety?
The complete document is available for review, along with other documents, on the Supporting Documents page of this site.

10. How can I get involved?
Publicly show your support for #BaylorForward, like the Facebook page, and vote "Yes" on September 7. To learn more, visit the Get Involved page.

11. What will happen to my life membership if the Transition Agreement is approved?
The BAA has said it anticipates that current BAA life members will continue to receive the Baylor Line magazine, published by the newly formed Baylor Line Corp., as lifetime subscribers.
More Information: http://www.baylorline.com/blog/2013/07/12/special-report-baa-in-transition/

12. I have been an annual member of the BAA. Will I have to pay annual dues to take part in alumni events in the future if the Transition Agreement is approved?
The programs and services to be provided to alumni by Baylor University, following approval of the Transition Agreement, will not be membership-based and will therefore not require any membership dues. Each alumnus and alumna of the University is an important part of the Baylor alumni family and is welcomed to enjoy the alumni programs and services and any of the thousands of University-led alumni events on campus and across the country.

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