Vice President for Executive Affairs and Chief of Staff to the President
Dr. Karla Leeper earned bachelor's degrees in communication studies and political science at the University of Iowa in 1985. She received a master's degree and then a doctoral degree in rhetoric and argumentation from the University of Kansas in 1993. Her areas of research are political communication, and argumentation and public deliberation.
A member of the Baylor communication studies faculty since 1992, Dr. Leeper has served Baylor in several positions, including associate professor, professor and chair of the communication studies department. As director of the award-winning Baylor debate program, she held The Glenn R. Capp Endowed Chair in Forensics. She is a winner of the George Ziegelmueller Award for excellence in directing forensics, the Donn W. Parson Outstanding Young Forensics Educator Award and the National Federation of Interscholastic Speech and Debate Association Service Award.
Dr. Leeper has served as president of the American Forensics Association and chair of the National Debate Tournament committee.
Dr. Leeper serves on the boards of the Waco Mammoth Foundation, the Brazos Valley Public Broadcasting Foundation. She is active in the community as a member of the Waco League of Women Voters, the Waco Education Alliance, and as a facilitator for local nonprofit organizations.