About Pattie Orr


Welcome to the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and Dean of University Libraries.

I lead a university-wide administrative and academic information technology organization that supports excellence in research and scholarship by providing academic resources within a reliable, secure technology infrastructure that inspires discovery and empowers the university.

Before arriving at Baylor in 2007, I served at Wellesley College in the Information Services Division for 15 years where I provided leadership for information and technology initiatives, developed information services policies, oversaw institutional research for the information services division, and served on college-wide research projects. I served as a lecturer for 11 years in Wellesley's Computer Science Department and taught introductory computer science courses.

I have been instrumental in key initiatives during my service to Baylor including the renovation and expansion of study commons areas throughout the libraries, the development of campus network resources to support learning and research, the planning and launch of McLane Stadium, the restoration of Old Baylor Park at Independence in partnership with UMHB, the establishment of the Independence Visitors Center (with Baylor’s first employee in Independence since 1886!), and the enrichment of Baylor’s Black Gospel Music Restoration Project.

My career has been enriched by my involvement in many professional associations, including EDUCAUSE, the Texas Digital Library, Internet 2, The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and the Lonestar Education and Research Network (LEARN). I recently completed a four-year term on the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors, and has also served on the CNI National Steering Committee and the LEARN Board of Trustees. I have served as faculty for the EDUCAUSE Management Institute and also on the Texas Women in Higher Education Board of Directors. I actively mentor women to help them prepare for higher education administration roles, especially as Chief Information Officers or senior technology leadership roles. Locally, I lead the Baylor University Sustainability Program, have served on the Board of Directors for the Waco-McLennan County United Way, and am currently chair of the Brazos Valley Public Broadcasting Corporation (KWBU NPR Station).

On November 11, 2016, I announced my upcoming retirement from Baylor University on May 31, 2017, after ten years of service. On June 1, 2017, the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and Dean of University Libraries will be overseen by two, capable leaders. Becky King, Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Deputy CIO, will take on the role of Interim CIO for Baylor University. She will serve alongside Associate Dean for Special Libraries & Director of the Texas Collection, John Wilson, who will fulfill the role of Interim Dean of Libraries. Until my departure in May, I will mentor these capable leaders so that they may effectively lead this vital organization through this period of transition.

My husband, Steve, and I have been married for 43 years. My daughter, Ivy, and son-in-law, Greg, are professors at Baylor in Political Science and Computer Science and Engineering, respectively. I am blessed with two grandchildren, Luke and Eric. I love the Baylor/Waco community and look forward to continuing to volunteer my time and energy after I retire from Baylor.

My office is located on the Garden Level of Moody Memorial Library. I maintain a busy schedule, but am glad to meet with you by appointment or when I am in the office.

Please contact the assistants in my office to schedule a time at (254) 710-3200.