Presidential Search Committee Meets to Discuss Progress in Baylor's Search for New President

July 27, 2009

Contact: Jill Scoggins, Assistant Vice President for Media Communications, 254-710-1964

Follow Us on Twitter: @BaylorUMediaCom

Presidential Search Prospectus Developed; Advertising Planned to Begin Next Month

Members of the Baylor University Presidential Search Committee met July 22 to discuss the progress of the current search for the university's 14th president. The meeting was scheduled to coincide with the annual summer retreat of Baylor Regents, held July 22-24 on the Baylor campus.

With the help of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, and with the benefit of input provided during listening sessions with students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members, the search committee has worked with Jerry Baker, principal of the national search firm of Baker and Associates of Atlanta, to develop the profile necessary for the next president of Baylor.

An attractive presidential search prospectus has been developed and personal contact with prospective candidates and paid advertising for the position will begin next month.

"We've enjoyed a collaborative process with discussions that have been spirited, thought provoking and, ultimately, very instructive," said Presidential Search Committee Chair Joe Armes, BBA '83, MBA '84. "We are indebted to the members of our advisory committee who have sacrificed so much of their time to participate in the composition of the presidential profile, and we look forward to benefiting further from their involvement as our search continues."

Dr. Kenneth L. Hall, president and CEO of Buckner International, Dallas, and chair of the Presidential Search Advisory Committee, praised the inclusiveness of the process. "Having been engaged in the listening sessions, the Presidential Search Advisory Committee actively participated in the development of the presidential profile. We spoke for the views that were expressed during the listening sessions as well as the views of the individual groups we represent. Throughout the process, our input was welcomed and is now reflected in the presidential profile. As we begin the call for nominations, members of the advisory committee will solicit and welcome the suggestions of our various constituencies."

"We learned so much in the listening sessions and continue to be grateful for the time and input provided by everyone who participated," Armes said. "Each participant's contribution has informed the writing of the position description. Additionally, the committee has received a number of recommendations for the position which have been forwarded to the search firm for inclusion in the consideration process. We again thank everyone who came forward and spoke out of their deep love for and commitment to Baylor University."

The listening sessions were held in various locations throughout Texas in April and May. Additionally, an online form was provided on the Baylor Presidential Search web site for the Baylor family to provide input regarding the university's next chief executive. The latest news about the presidential search is posted to the web site, which also includes audio podcasts of the open listening sessions and a copy of the Presidential Search Prospectus.

Looking for more news from Baylor University?