Baylor Names Director of Human Relations

Oct. 28, 1999

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Baylor University President Robert B. Sloan Jr. has announced the appointment of Ramona A. Curtis as the university's new director of human relations. Curtis officially joined Baylor on Oct. 18.

Curtis will supervise the Office of Human Relations, which is responsible for developing, implementing and coordinating programs to fulfill Baylor's diversity initiatives. Creation of a full-time human relations director position was a recommendation from the university's task force on diversity. Under Curtis, the office also provides support services for minority students, faculty and staff to promote academic excellence, as well as cultural awareness among all students, faculty, staff and the Waco community.

"Ramona Curtis brings the experience, professionalism, character and interpersonal skills necessary to serve Baylor in this role," said Marilyn Crone, vice president for human resources. "The partnership she will establish and strengthen within and outside the Baylor community will enable us to increase the number of underutilized, qualified workforce applicants for university positions. Her commitment to learning and to the mission of the university is contagious."

"I'm pleased to be here at Baylor and to be able to work on diversity issues. That's something I've been inspired to do," Curtis said. "I'm very appreciative that Baylor has given me the opportunity to do this."

A native Texan born in Amarillo, Curtis graduated in 1979 from Waco's Jefferson-Moore High School and received her associates degree in liberal arts from McLennan Community College. In 1983, she earned a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Texas at Arlington and her master's degree in sociology in 1990 from Prairie View A&M University.

Curtis comes to Baylor from the McLennan County Restitution Center, where she served as the center's director since May 1996. For a year prior to that position, she was director of the

Tom Green County Court Residential Treatment Center. Curtis also has served as a community

corrections officer with the McLennan County Community Supervision and Corrections Department from 1989-95, a vocational coordinator with Heart of Texas Region MHMR from 1987-89, and a substitute teacher/instructional aide for Goose Creek Consolidated ISD in Baytown, Texas, from 1984-87. She is a certified residential officer, a certified staff trainer, a licensed chemical dependency counselor (LCDC) and a certified adult probation officer.

Active in McLennan County and the Waco community, Curtis currently serves as vice chairperson of the Waco Housing Authority Commission, secretary of the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District Advisory Board, a member of the MHMR Public Responsibility Committee, and chair of the sub committee on ethics for the TDJC-CJAD Residential Facilities Committee. She also is vice president of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Community Supervision and Corrections Department's Residential Director's Council, a member of the conference planning committee for the American Probation and Parole Association, a member of the board of directors of the McLennan County Dispute Resolution Center, and active in the Waco Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta. Curtis also is a member of Bracks United Methodist Church, where she is youth director, a certified lay speaker and a member of the choir. She has a son, Monroe Nichols IV, who is a sophomore at Reicher Catholic High School.

For more information, call the division of human resources at (254) 710-3985.

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