New Appointments Continue Baylor's Forward Progress; Include VP for Student Life, CIO, AVP for Human Resources

May 13, 2009

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WACO, Texas - Three new appointments at Baylor University continue the institution's forward progress as a leading Christian university:

Kevin P. Jackson, Ph.D. comes from Texas A&M University to join Baylor as vice president for student life on July 1, reporting to Dr. David E. Garland, interim president.

Kent E. Muckel, M.B.A. joined the university May 1 as chief investment officer, coming from the University of Colorado Foundation. He reports to Dr. Reagan Ramsower, vice president for finance and administration.

John J. Whelan, J.D. comes from the University of Notre Dame to join Baylor June 8 as associate vice president for human resources, a newly created position. Whelan also will report to Ramsower.

The appointments exemplify the university's commitment to achieving the vision set forth in Baylor 2012, the university's strategic plan. "Kevin Jackson's experience and his commitment to helping our students to integrate faith and learning will help Baylor continue its tremendous forward progress," said Garland. "I am confident that he will provide strong leadership in the division of student life and make a positive addition to Baylor's executive team.

"We will benefit additionally from the expertise provided by our other management appointments and we welcome them to the family of dedicated Baylor administrators, faculty and staff who are helping us succeed in fulfilling the mission of our university: to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community," said Garland.

About Vice President for Student Life Kevin P. Jackson, Ph.D.

Dr. Kevin P. Jackson brings 27 years of experience to the position of vice president for student life at Baylor. In this position, he will oversee the areas of campus life, student development, student learning and engagement through residence life and university ministries.

"I was drawn to this position because of Baylor's unique mission. Taking the Christian world view and integrating it into excellence in scholarship and learning speaks to me, both as an individual and as a student life professional," Jackson said.

He has served as assistant vice president for student affairs at Texas A&M University since 2007. Additionally, he has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor with Texas A&M's College of Education and Human Development since 2000.

Jackson held progressively responsible positions at Texas A&M: director of student activities from 2000-2007; special assistant to the vice president for student affairs from 1999-2000; senior associate director of the Memorial Student Center from 1990-1999; and associate director of the student center from 1987-1990.

Prior to joining Texas A&M, Jackson was with the University of Denver from 1982- 1987. He earned his doctorate in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M, his masters in Higher Education Administration from the University of Denver, and his bachelors cum laude in Journalism and Business from the University of North Texas.

Jackson was awarded The Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Student Relations and the Diversity Leadership Award from the Texas A&M University Student Government Association, and has been named a distinguished member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He is active in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) serving previously as chair of the NASPA Conference Career Services Committee and most recently as the Texas State Director for NASPA Region III.

Jackson and his wife Garret, a first-grade teacher, are the parents of three daughters. Taylor, 19, is a student at the University of Texas at Austin majoring in communications. Lauren, 17, will attend UT-Austin in the fall, majoring in advertising. Emily, 15, will be a sophomore in high school.

Jackson succeeds Dr. Samuel "Dub" Oliver who will become president of East Texas Baptist University on June 1.

About Chief Investment Officer Kent E. Muckel, M.B.A.

Kent E. Muckel is a seasoned investment professional with 18 years of progressively responsible experience who came to Baylor from the University of Colorado Foundation.

As CIO, he works directly with the Baylor Executive Investment Committee, a group of investment professionals who are appointed by the Board of Regents and charged with oversight of the day-to-day practices and operations of the endowment by the Office of Investments.

Muckel has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute. He holds a B.S. in Finance from the University of Colorado and an M.B.A. from Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He served his alma mater as senior portfolio manager of the University of Colorado Foundation from 2007-2009.

From 1999 to 2007, he was with Qwest Asset Management Co., the defined benefit and 401(k) plan for Qwest Communications International in Denver. At Qwest, he rose from manager of public equities to vice president for fixed income, and from 2006 to 2007, vice president and senior director for public markets, where he was accountable for approximately $10 billion in assets.

He also has experience as a senior asset and liability analytics officer with CoBank, part of the nationwide Farm Credit System; as senior investment analyst with First Data Corp., a Fortune 500 company; and investment analyst and assistant portfolio manager with the Denver Employees Retirement Plan, the pension system for employees of the city and county of Denver.

Muckel and his wife Alison have a 7-year-old daughter, Taylor, and a 6-year-old son, Kyle. He succeeded Jonathan Hook who left Baylor in July 2008 to become vice president and chief investment officer of The Ohio State University.

About Associate Vice President for Human Resources John J. Whelan, J.D.

With 18 years of experience, John J. Whelan, J.D. joins Baylor as associate vice president for human resources, a new position created to strengthen and enhance the services and effectiveness of the human resources area. In this position, Whelan will direct the overall management of Human Resources at Baylor.

Whelan comes to Baylor from the University of Notre Dame where he has served as director of human resources business partners since 2003. He also has served as a faculty member in Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business since 2007.

From 2001-2003, Whelan was with Bristol-Myers Squibb, first as human resources manager for the Evansville supply center, then as associate director for global business services. From 1998-2001, he was with the Gillette Co. in Boston as human resources manager, first as a compensation analyst, then as a human resources manager. From 1996-1998, he was with Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., one of the oldest and best known private investment banks in the U.S.

From 1994-1996, he was a legal intern, first in the Law Offices of Paul Ferrell in London, then at the Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic. From 1991-1993, he was case manager and head of volunteer services at the Center for the Homeless in South Bend, Ind.

Whelan earned a bachelor's degree in 1990 and a law degree in 1996, both from Notre Dame. He is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, College and University Professional Association for HR and the Society for Human Resources Management. He was admitted to the Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1996 and the Bar of the United States District Court of Massachusetts in 1997.

Whelan and his wife Molly, a former graphic designer, have five children: Aidan, 11; Gavin, 10; Maeve, 8; Grania, 7; and Sinead, 2.

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