Presidential News

[Paul W. Powell memorial graphic]
12/29/2016
WACO, Texas (Dec. 29, 2016) — Baylor University is mourning the passing of Dr. Paul W. Powell, the Texas Baptist pastor and leader who served as dean of Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary and former chair of Baylor University’s Board of Regents. Powell died Dec. 28 in Tyler at the age of 83.
12/20/2016
WACO, Texas (Dec. 20, 2016) – Baylor University has been named one of the 100 best values among private universities, according to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, which has released its latest list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2017.
[Frank Wolf]
12/15/2016
WACO, Texas (Dec. 15, 2016) – With people of all faiths currently living through a crisis of religious freedom unparalleled in world history, the United States Congress has taken action and passed H.R.1150-Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act. Wolf, a former Virginia Congressman and holder of The Jerry and Susie Wilson Chair in Religious Freedom at Baylor University, is among those who played a key role for many years in championing international religious freedom.
[Watch A Baylor Christmas]
12/13/2016
WACO, Texas (Dec. 13, 2016) – “A Baylor Christmas,” an hour-long program produced by KWTX Television from the performances of the Baylor University Symphony Orchestra and combined choirs of the Baylor School of Music, will air on Gray Television stations throughout Texas and 12 other states during the Christmas holidays. The musical special also is available via streaming video on Baylor's YouTube channel.
[Jason D. Cook]
12/5/2016
WACO, Texas (Dec. 5, 2016) – Baylor University Interim President David E. Garland today announced the appointment of Jason D. Cook as vice president for marketing and communications and chief marketing officer. Cook comes to Baylor from Texas A&M University and will begin a transition to Baylor in mid-December.
10/21/2016
WACO, Texas (Oct. 21, 2016) – Baylor University’s Presidential Search Committee has completed more than 80 hours of listening sessions – both on and off campus – with various groups of faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends and University administrators, who have provided their valuable input regarding the professional and personal characteristics and experiences important to the University’s next president.
[Baylor Xavier 1]
10/20/2016
WACO, Texas (Oct. 20, 2016) – Baylor University and Xavier University of Louisiana have announced the creation of a domestic exchange program that will expand educational and cultural opportunities for students at both universities.
[LHSON Rendering Atrium]
10/14/2016
WACO, Texas (Oct. 14, 2016) – At its regular Homecoming meeting, the Baylor University Board of Regents today announced a significant gift from Baylor Regent Emeritus Drayton McLane Jr., B.B.A. ’58, his wife, Elizabeth, and the McLane family toward the renovation of Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) in Dallas.
[Hispanic Education Summit 1]
10/11/2016
WACO, Texas (Oct. 11, 2016) – Baylor University will serve as host of the 7th annual National Hispanic Education Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Bill Daniel Student Center on the Baylor campus.
[Doug Welch]
10/7/2016
WACO, Texas (Oct. 7, 2016) – Baylor University announced today that Doug Welch, who has served as Associate General Counsel at Baylor University since 2006, has been named as the University’s Chief Compliance Officer (CCO).
10/5/2016
WACO, Texas (Oct. 5, 2016) – Baylor University Interim President David E. Garland has announced the appointment of Kristan Tucker as Baylor’s Title IX Coordinator, effective immediately.
[Gift of Grace Hymn]
10/4/2016
WACO, Texas (Oct. 4, 2016) — Every fall, colleges and universities around the country teem with first-year students, who are excited – and maybe a bit anxious – to begin this new chapter in their lives. For the past nine years, Baylor University freshmen taking those tentative first steps on campus during summer orientation have been welcomed to Baylor in a very meaningful way – with an original hymn of encouragement written especially for them.
[Master Teachers 2016]
8/26/2016
WACO, Texas (Aug. 26, 2016) – Baylor University Interim President David E. Garland has announced the designation of Master Teacher – the highest honor granted to Baylor faculty members for sustained excellence in teaching – has been conferred on Corey P. Carbonara, Ph.D., professor of film and digital media, College of Arts & Sciences; T. Laine Scales, Ph.D., professor of higher education, School of Education, and associate dean of graduate studies and professional development, Graduate School; and Gaynor I. Yancey, D.S.W., professor of social work, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work.
[Baylor skyline]
8/23/2016
WACO, Texas (Aug. 23, 2016) – Baylor University Interim President David E. Garland today provided a progress report on the implementation of recommendations for improving the University’s response to sexual violence. The recommendations resulted from the University’s external investigation launched last fall.
[Chris Holmes]
8/18/2016
WACO, Texas (Aug. 18, 2016) – Baylor University Interim President David E. Garland has announced the appointment of Christopher W. Holmes as the University’s General Counsel, effective immediately.
[Nagasaki Cross Pat Neff Hall]
8/9/2016
WACO, Texas (Aug. 9, 2016) – As the world remembers the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, Japan, on Aug. 9, 1945, Baylor University will begin a year-long hosting of the Nagasaki Cross, a sculpture made of materials salvaged from a middle school building damaged by the blast.
[Great Colleges 2016]
7/25/2016
WACO, Texas (July 25, 2016) – For the sixth consecutive year, Baylor University has attained elite Honor Roll status as a “2016 Great College to Work For,” according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities.
[Truett Seminary Spire]
7/22/2016
WACO, Texas (July 22, 2016) – Baylor University’s Board of Regents has approved a new joint master’s degree program that links the faculties, resources and classes of two of Baylor’s premier schools, George W. Truett Theological Seminary and the School of Education. The board also heard reports on Title IX and diversity, approved the lowest percentage tuition increase in more than 20 years and focused its retreat on best practices in board governance.
[Pat Neff Hall]
5/13/2016
WACO, Texas (May 13, 2016) – At its regular spring meeting, the Baylor University Board of Regents attended to a variety of matters related to the business of the University. The Board received a comprehensive briefing from Pepper Hamilton LLP, whose services were retained by the Board in September 2015 to conduct an independent and external investigation of the University’s response to reports of sexual and interpersonal violence. Over the coming weeks, the Board will carefully consider the information provided in the briefing and determine how to decisively act upon Pepper Hamilton’s findings and recommendations. The members of the Board will be guided by their faith as they make significant decisions for the welfare of Baylor students, the direction of the institution and the good of Baylor Nation.
[ExxonMobil check presentation]
4/29/2016
HOUSTON, Texas (April 29, 2016) – Baylor University has received $340,575 from ExxonMobil and its employees through the ExxonMobil Foundation’s 2015 Educational Matching Gift Program. Representatives from ExxonMobil presented Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr with the check during an April 28 ceremony celebrating the generosity of ExxonMobil and the impact the contributions continue to have on the University. The ceremony was part of a “Baylor Day” held by Baylor alumni at ExxonMobil’s new campus in Houston.
[Baylor Bound TCC Signing Ceremony]
4/27/2016
WACO, Texas (April 27, 2016) – Baylor University and Tarrant County College today announced the creation of a formal Baylor Bound transfer agreement that will help students transfer more easily between the two institutions and continue to expand educational opportunities for young people all across Texas.
[Greg Jones]
4/20/2016
WACO, Texas (April 20, 2016) – Following a unanimous recommendation from the university search committee, Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr today announced the appointment of L. Gregory Jones, Ph.D., senior strategist for leadership education at Duke Divinity School and the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Professor of Theology and Christian Ministry, as executive vice president and provost, effective May 16, 2016. His wife, the Rev. Susan Pendleton Jones, associate dean for ministerial formation at Duke Divinity School, also will join Baylor as senior fellow in the Institute for Faith and Learning.
[Elizabeth Palacios]
4/11/2016
WACO, Texas (April 11, 2016) – Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr today announced the appointment of Elizabeth Palacios, Ph.D., dean for student development in the Division of Student Life and a Baylor faculty member, to the post of special assistant to the President on diversity. With 35 years in higher education, Dr. Palacios has been instrumental in collaborating with students, faculty, staff and the community on a variety of diversity-related advancements. While she will continue her responsibilities as dean, she will begin immediately to devote a portion of her time to this additional role and will work closely with the President and the President’s Advisory Council on Diversity (PACD) as progress continues in this important area.
[Olympia Greece]
4/5/2016
WACO, Texas (April 5, 2016) - Baylor University today announced a gift of $1 million from David and Amy Hunt of McLean, Virginia, to create the David and Amy Hunt Christian Missions Endowed Fund. The gift will support mission experiences led by the Honors College, enabling Baylor students to integrate the Christian faith with discipline-specific learning and hands-on service.
[Baylor Spires]
3/30/2016
WACO, Texas (March 30, 2016) – The President’s Advisory Council on Diversity (PACD) has announced its timeline for facilitating an active campus-wide conversation regarding the University’s Christian commitment to diversity and communicating progress as it works over the coming months.
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