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Editorial: New VP will bolster BU's commitments

Nov. 3, 2010

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Esteban Diaz | Editorial Cartoonist

Who better to head up constituent services than a woman deeply invested in students, the Baylor mission and the Baylor family?

Tommye Lou Davis, associate dean of the Honors College, was named the vice president for constituent engagement, a spot that gets her a seat on President Ken Starr's executive council starting this spring.

Davis has been at Baylor for 35 years and is more than qualified for the position.

As a member of Baylor Bear Foundation and Baylor Round Table and a former member of the board of directors for the Baylor Alumni Association, Davis has been contributing to the university for years.

Davis was a professor of Latin at Baylor and was the chair of the Classics department before being named the associate dean for the Honors College.

She has served as the faculty adviser for Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority for 22 years.

She was a member of the Bush Presidential Library committee that looked to bring the 43rd presidential library to campus.

Davis will play an integral role in alumni relations, heading up the Baylor Network and working to ensure all voices are heard. Our hope is that Davis' long commitment to Baylor will be the bridge that ushers in minority voices to the halls of Pat Neff.

Davis' position is one the university really needed a year ago during the unstable back and forth between the Baylor Alumni Association and the university.

In that situation, it seems like Davis would have been the perfect fit -- a former BAA board of director member that works for the university.

However, like any family we made it through our trivial matters and Davis' recent promotion is one that will be responsible for protect the spirit of Baylor.

In her new capacity, Davis will be working with the Office of Government Relations to protect Baylor's rights as a private Christian university.

Perhaps our most unique claim to fame is our ability to maintain and enhance our commitment to the Christian faith while flourishing in areas across the realm of academia.

However, that truth has slipped from many universities (namely and most recently Texas universities) and placing Davis as a major player in maintaining our deep roots in Christ is a decision that many will be thankful for in years to come.

Her experiences across our university have undoubtedly shown her the many ways Baylor impacts students, faculty and alumni.

Now at the forefront for Baylor, she has the chance to improve our school, and we think her recent promotion has already taken us a step forward. We hope she maintains an alumni atmosphere that is both embracing and functional.

Davis should, and most likely will, incorporate all the university voices she has had the opportunity to hear.

We believe she will continue to fight to maintain our Christ-centered mission.