Baylor President Honored With God And Country Award

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Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association and American Family Radio, presents Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. with the AFA's God and Country Award.
Aug. 20, 2004

by Lori Scott Fogleman

The American Family Association (AFA) presented its highest award Aug. 20 to Baylor University President Robert B. Sloan Jr. for "exceptional and devoted leadership to God and Country."

Tim Wildmon, president of the AFA and American Family Radio, made the presentation, which was carried live on more than 200 AFR affiliates nationwide. Wildmon was at Baylor for a news conference with Christian singer/songwriter Steven Curtis Chapman, who will perform a free concert in Waco on Sept. 18 at Floyd Casey Stadium.

"When I think of Baylor, I think about a tradition-rich university, which was founded by Christian men and women who wanted to train young people to be disciples of Christ and to be statesman and agents of influence in our culture," Wildmon said as he presented the award. "I think that's still true today with the mission of Baylor University and the leadership of the faculty here and of Dr. Sloan."

Sloan, who was at the news conference to introduce Chapman, said he was "honored, flattered and surprised" by the award, which was kept under wraps until Wildmon's presentation.

"I cannot adequately say thank you enough to the American Family Association for this recognition," Sloan said. "I receive it on behalf of Baylor University; I receive it on behalf of the history, heritage and traditions of Baylor; I receive it on behalf of all the things this university has stood for and all the things our faculty, students, alumni, staff and regents have continued to stand for at Baylor."

Founded in 1977 by Don Wildmon, the American Family Association is a national Christian organization that focuses primarily on the influence of television and other media on society.

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