Baylor Forward News
The members of the Baylor Alumni Association (BAA) voted today not to approve the Transition Agreement between the BAA and Baylor University with a vote of 830 in favor of the agreement and 668 voting "no," representing a "yes" vote of 55 percent. A two-thirds approval of members present was required to pass the measure.
By REGINA DENNIS - The future of the 154-year-old Baylor Alumni Association is unclear after an agreement to transfer alumni outreach activities to Baylor University failed to gain sufficient support from members.
Baylor University President Ken Starr issued a statement today following the vote by the membership of the Baylor Alumni Association on a Transition Agreement between the BAA and the University.
Brent Edwards, Waco; Danny Huizinga, Waco and Gale Galloway, Austin voice their opinion on the transition agreement. "If you are a member of the BAA, I urge you to vote "yes" on the transition agreement today. Don't be left standing on the sidelines as the university continues forward. Cherish the past but be an active part of the future. The university needs and deserves our support." - Gale Galloway
By Ada Zhang - The Baylor Alumni Network aims to bring the Baylor community together and, to do so, the network relies heavily on volunteers.
By Danny Huizinga - What does "Baylor Forward" mean for us as students? It means that, finally, students will be included in a unified alumni network that reflects the unity of our student body.
The Baylor Board of Regents unanimously approved the new License Agreement for the Baylor Line Corporation (BLC) in a special meeting today (Friday). The BLC will be created if the Transition Agreement receives a two-thirds approval in tomorrow's September 7 vote by the members of the Baylor Alumni Association (BAA). BAA members must vote in person at the meeting in Waco Hall.
Of course, many of us in college don't pay attention to alumni associations till we're well into our professions, earning a living and beginning families. But when Baylor students and recent graduates do think of alumni associations, they're often thinking of the Baylor Alumni Network -- not the proudly independent, 154-year-old Baylor Alumni Association that has warred with previous Baylor administrations and regents over everything from threats of fundamentalism taking over Baylor to concerns about skyrocketing tuition costs -- the latter now being partially addressed by Baylor President Ken Starr through his successful $100 million scholarship fund drive.
Waco Trib: Brian E. Daugbjerg, guest columnist: Transition agreement will bring alumni outreach into 21st century
In these last few weeks, as we all stand up for the university and the alumni association we care so deeply for, let's agree to change our tone to one of care and civil discourse. Change is difficult for many to absorb, yet I am confidant we can all converse and debate in a manner that we can be proud of at the end of the day.
By REGINA DENNIS - The Baylor Alumni Association on Thursday unveiled a new agreement with Baylor University outlining plans to continue to publish its alumni magazine ahead of Saturday's vote on whether to relinquish other alumni activities to the university's control.
BRAD TOBEN Guest columnist - One expects to find differing opinions about a proposal that would significantly change the status quo. Civil discourse should allow for the thoughtful articulation of such opinions. Our national public square needs much more of it. However, one column published Sunday, written by former Texas House representative Stan Schlueter, was not thoughtful in its presentation and certainly was not civil.
By REGINA DENNIS - Baylor University alum and former Texas Gov. Mark White called upon the school's board of regents to step in and delay a scheduled vote Saturday on a measure that would dissolve the Baylor Alumni Association, in a last-ditch effort to save the organization.
The September 7 vote on the Baylor University/Baylor Alumni Association transition agreement marks an important day in our history. Leaders from across the university, the alumni association and the alumni body at large have spoken out, encouraging others to vote "yes" in favor of the agreement.
By Linda Wilkins, City Editor - After the announcement of the Transition Agreement over the summer, various people have expressed their approval or concerns. While this matter is complicated, these opinions can be sorted into those that support a 'yes' vote on Sept. 7 and those that don't.
By Linda Wilkins, City Editor - After 10 months of negotiations, the leadership of both the Baylor Alumni Association and the Baylor Board of Regents drafted a Transition Agreement.
By Ada Zhang, Staff Writer - If The Baylor Line magazine is to continue with the word Baylor in its title, the Transition Agreement between the Baylor Alumni Association and Baylor Board of Regents must receive a 'yes' vote from at least two thirds of the BAA member present at the meeting on Sept. 7.
The BLC license agreement was developed with input from a Journalism Advisory Group (JAG) of Baylor graduates and supporters with decades of experience in newspapers and magazines. The group, convened by BAA board member Ella Wall Prichard '63, worked with Mike Bourland '66, JD '69, attorney for the BAA, to make recommendations for the BLC license agreement to ensure editorial independence and access to Baylor officials.
New contract offers access, accountability and cooperation
BAA Board votes to secure future for The Baylor Line; accedes other alumni activities to university; Saturday vote scheduled for membership
KELLY RAPP Guest columnist - The transition agreement between Baylor University and the Baylor Alumni Association has multiple aspects, all of which are important to consider when making one's own determination on whether to approve this pact between the two Saturday. There is one part of the conversation, however, to which I bring a unique perspective: the proposal of a non-voting regent specifically representing Baylor alumni perspectives.
On September 3, the Baylor Alumni Association posted this to Facebook:
"The BAA board of directors voted 28-7 in favor of the proposed Transition Agreement in a meeting today. Seventeen members of the board were absent and did not vote."