Ken Starr's Messages

7/1/2014
In this opinion piece, Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr lauds the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case on Monday as a “powerful blow for religious liberty” — one that also is good for Texas and business. (Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications, helped place this op-ed.)
6/16/2014
June 15, 2014
Guest column by Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr about the hundreds of Baylor students studying abroad this summer or serving on University-sponsored mission trips that help bring hope and encouragement to some of the world’s poorest people. Specifically, Judge Starr writes about a week-long inspirational journey of a group of 30 Baylor alumni and friends led by Todd Still, Ph.D., The William H. Hinson Professor of Christian Scriptures at Truett Seminary. The journey took the Baylor delegation to magnificent Grecian ports of call in retracing the Apostle Paul’s second missionary journey.
5/19/2014
Judge Ken Starr addressed the graduates of the Baylor Class of 2014, challenging them to a 1-8 mission.
5/16/2014
Should student-athletes unionize? The National Labor Relations Board’s regional director thinks yes, characterizing Northwestern football players as "employees." This misguided ruling has far-reaching legal, regulatory and financial implications that will significantly and adversely affect the future of intercollegiate athletics.
5/14/2014
Since its founding in 1845, Baylor University has pursued academic excellence grounded in a deep Christian faith. Today's leaders continue to carry this torch passed down from generation to generation.
5/1/2014
On this first day of May, with spring in full bloom, please accept my warm greetings from Baylor's stunningly beautiful campus.
4/29/2014
Baylor University is committed to ensuring the safety of all individuals on Baylor's campuses and involved in Baylor's programs, especially minor children (under 18 years of age).
3/27/2014
“Today this event assumes a more majestic quality because of our ability together to affirm the historic role that people of faith have played in the history of this country and the constitutional protections those who profess and express their faith have always demanded and cherished.”
3/23/2014
From humble beginnings in the 1970s in their Oklahoma City garage, David and Barbara Green launched what is now the sprawling nationwide commercial enterprise, Hobby Lobby. Their company - now owned entirely by five members of the Green family - is now at the epicenter of an important legal battle over the breathtaking reach of the Affordable Care Act. At issue is whether - due to the Greens' deeply held religious objections - the Hobby Lobby owners have an enforceable freedom-of-conscience right not to provide several contraceptive methods (four out of the 20 ACA-required methods) to the crafts company's employees. The Supreme Court will hear oral argument in this closely watched case on March 25.
3/6/2014
Every year, the Baylor family pauses early in the spring semester to look back across the seventeen decades of our institution's glorious history. On a very special day, we gather in community to celebrate that historic first day of February — in 1845 — when Baylor University was chartered by the Republic of Texas.
2/20/2014
With great anticipation, we eagerly look forward to the next chapter in Baylor's unfolding history as we commence the search for our next Provost.
2/12/2014
President and Chancellor Ken Starr writes about the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. case, which is scheduled to be argued before the United States Supreme Court March 25.
1/29/2014
This is a terrible tragedy that saddens us all. It is at difficult times like these that we are encouraged to remember that we serve a loving God who cares for the brokenhearted and is near to the downcast.
12/22/2013
Last weekend, Baylor University was honored to co-sponsor a global conference in Rome, the Eternal City, on religious liberty. The Rome conference was organized over a two-year period by Baylor's new partner in the vital quest for religious freedom worldwide, Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.
12/19/2013
May God richly bless each of you this Christmas and in the New Year!
12/16/2013
Dec. 13, 2013
Op-ed by Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr regarding Christian persecution that undermines hope for democracy in the Middle East. Judge Starr delivered a keynote address at an international conference on "Christianity and Freedom" Dec. 13-14 in Rome, co-sponsored by Georgetown and Baylor. (This op-ed was placed by Lori Fogleman, assistant vice president for Baylor Media Communications.)
11/20/2013
As we approach Thanksgiving week and eagerly look forward to the joys of Christmas, it is a great blessing to bring greetings from Baylor’s beautiful campus at this wonderful time of year. The act of gathering together as a family to give thanks represents a hallowed tradition in America. It is also a welcome ritual we in Baylor Nation enthusiastically embrace.
9/10/2013
The University is moving forward expeditiously to implement - on its own - a number of the changes that were contemplated by the Transition Agreement.
8/29/2013
Welcome to academic year 2013- 2014. Baylor University, as we proudly say, older than the State of Texas itself. A glorious past, and by God's grace, a bright future.
8/27/2013
On August 27, 2013, President Ken Starr delivered a convocation the following message to the faculty, staff and students of the George W. Truett Theological Seminary.
7/29/2013
Dear Baylor Nation, I am happy to report that the litigation over the removal of the Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center has come to an end. The judge has removed the temporary restraining order that prevented us from moving ahead with our construction schedule which is so vital to the timely completion of our new Stadium. We are grateful that Baylor can now move forward.
7/11/2013
As I shared with Baylor Nation last month, Baylor University and the Baylor Alumni Association worked collaboratively and cooperatively for ten months to bring about a new day at Baylor -- to agree on a pathway that would re-unite the Baylor family and allow all of Baylor Nation to come together.
6/10/2013
Today, allow me to share the good news of another important milestone for Baylor Nation -- an historic agreement between the leadership of Baylor University and the leadership of the independent Baylor Alumni Association. We have come together and agreed to fashion a single, comprehensive, university-based alumni engagement program.
5/18/2013
We are in a time and place of remembrance. We chose to be adorned in the centuries-old custom of cap and gown. Efficiency and cost-cutting experts might well advise: "Just send the diploma via email. Why all this pomp and circumstance? It's a lot of trouble to be here." But we do so because of one word: tradition.
4/30/2013
The tragic events in the nearby town of West, Texas have deeply impacted and saddened the Baylor community. At the same time, they have called forth a powerful demonstration of the Christian mission and character of this great University. Through acts of service, sacrifice and generosity, the Baylor family both near and far have responded actively and compassionately to this terrible tragedy. As a result, we have demonstrated to our neighbors in West, and to the nation, the very essence of Baylor University.
4/18/2013
Baylor President Ken Starr reaches out to Baylor Nation about the tragic events in West, Texas, only 17 miles from the Baylor campus. The University community continues to be in prayer for West and for the members of our own Baylor family whose lives have been disrupted by this disaster so suddenly. However, on Diadeloso, a day of tradition for our University, Baylor Nation is choosing to embody an even greater tradition -- that inspired by Christ Jesus to be energetically in service to the needy.
4/2/2013
Our hearts are broken. We thought we could — and would — do it: Back-to-back national championships by our beloved Lady Bears and their (already) legendary Hall of Fame Coach, Baylor's incomparable Kim Mulkey.
2/18/2013
Today is special. On this Presidents’ Day, our nation once again honors the vision and sacrifice of both General George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. At Baylor, February also is the month when we honor inspirational leaders who, in their era, have had a lasting impact on our University.
12/20/2012
With warmest greetings of the season from your beautiful campus home, we wish you a joyous Christmas and a blessed New Year.
12/15/2012
Welcome to the Paul J. Meyer Arena here at the Ferrell Center. Congratulations! What a great day! A day when dreams come true.
11/19/2012
Happy Thanksgiving from the beautiful campus of Baylor University! This week, millions of Americans will gather together to renew a hallowed national tradition launched almost four centuries ago on the shores of Cape Cod at Plymouth Colony.
8/30/2012
The fall semester is once again under way at Baylor. Already, our beautiful campus is a veritable beehive of energy and activity.
8/20/2012
To express appreciation for our continuing collaboration, the Waco Symphony Association has generously offered a discount of $20 off the purchase of season tickets (which normally range from $75 - $200 per person) for any Baylor faculty or staff member.
6/7/2012
Throughout the month of June, we will welcome to Baylor's beautiful campus members of the class of 2016 as they participate in our wonderful New Student Experience. Each will be invited to explore his or her academic options and, in the process, learn about Baylor's robust academic and spiritual support, as well as our campus resources. Each new Baylor Bear will also become steeped in Baylor's glorious traditions. These baby Bears now become proud members of that Good Old Baylor Line.
5/1/2012
Today is Law Day — established by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 and recognized annually to honor the role of law in the creation of the United States of America. How appropriate, then, that we at Baylor University bade farewell this very Law Day morning to former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor.
3/21/2012
Blessings abound at Baylor! As we approach the holiday season of Easter, let us reflect on these blessings and our calling as ambassadors of a new life. President Starr shared his thoughts with Baylor students during today's Chapel. Take a moment to reflect on his comments.
3/21/2012
Here on the banks of the Brazos, spring has arrived. Winter rains have nourished flowering trees recovering from a harsh summer and fall, while seeds visible only to the eyes of God have burst underground silently spreading roots that promise a vibrant future.
12/19/2011
In only a matter of days, the year of our Lord, 2012, will be upon us. A new year always brings excitement as we consider the vast possibilities which inhabit fresh beginnings. But 2012 is more than a new year at Baylor. It is the moniker that has represented for nearly ten years now the bold vision which has guided our institutional direction and progress over the last decade.
12/13/2011
Merry Christmas from Baylor University. May God richly bless you and your family as we celebrate this glorious season of Christ's birth and welcome the new year ahead.
11/18/2011
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, the Baylor family shows its support for the greater Waco community by taking an active part in the United Way campaign.
11/11/2011
What a wonderful Homecoming we experienced last weekend, as thousands of Baylor alumni once again returned to their beloved alma mater - in the immortal words of Samuel Palmer Brooks - to "renew former associations and friendships, and catch the Baylor spirit again."
11/11/2011
Today, from offices at Pat Neff Hall, we have watched our ROTC students faithfully standing guard at the flag pole on Founders Mall. This modest but commanding act of respect reminds us how each day, in locations all over the world, and in similarly humble but powerful ways, men and women in the armed services stand guard over our freedoms.
10/11/2011
It has been such a great encouragement to see the good people of Baylor Nation respond to our call to stand strong for our University. I am very grateful for your support as we have fought to sustain a strong Big 12 Conference. As my message to you on Saturday evening reflected, it is with your help that we have assured the Big 12 will not only survive but thrive in the future.
10/9/2011
Amidst the backdrop of an exciting game against Iowa State, I thanked Baylor Nation for their support as we have fought hard to sustain a strong Big 12 conference. With the help of so many, we have assured that the Big 12 will not only survive but thrive in the future.
10/8/2011
Tonight, amidst the backdrop of an exciting game against Iowa State, I thanked Baylor Nation for their support as we have fought hard to sustain a strong Big 12 conference. With the help of so many, we have assured that the Big 12 will not only survive but thrive in the future.
9/23/2011
Yesterday, the Presidents of the Big 12 institutions came together to re-commit themselves to our heartland Conference. This important decision to stabilize and strengthen the Big 12 recognizes the needs of student-athletes and their families, and pays tribute to the historic Conference rivalries so valued by our alumni and the citizens of our states.
9/22/2011
"We are pleased that the Presidents of the Big 12 institutions have come together this evening to re-commit themselves to our heartland Conference. Our efforts are now focused on working together to make the Big 12, for the long-term, one of the strongest athletic conferences in the nation.
9/13/2011
At the present time, we are optimistic that the Big 12 will remain a viable athletic conference. As we have said consistently, we think a strong Big 12 Conference is in the best interest of all parties - most notably, our students and student-athletes. News reports are full of wild speculation, with rumor and unidentified sources driving much of the discussion. What I can tell you is that the issues are complex, but important conversations are continuing
9/3/2011
As the sun sets on a beautiful Saturday here in Waco, my thoughts return to what was for all of us a simply exhilarating evening as our Baylor Bears triumphed in a heart-stopping, headline-grabbing victory over No. 14 TCU.
8/14/2011
This week, significant media attention has focused on rumors relating to possible changes in the membership of the Big 12 athletic conference.
6/21/2011
President's Note; Outstanding Faculty Honored at Commencement; Mission Trips; Generous Gifts Benefit Business School Students; Recent Loss of Emeritus Faculty; Baylor Receives Presidential Recognition for Community Service; Student Accolades; Athletics Update.
5/10/2011
President's Note; Protecting the Promise; Next Step for Strategic Planning; Gifts to the University; Faculty Recognition; Student Accolades; Athletic Events Schedule.
4/27/2011
I write to remind you that the community input portion of our strategic planning effort will conclude in just a few short days. If you have not yet taken the opportunity to participate in our planning process, I encourage you to do so this week. It is important that each voice is heard as together we craft a vision of Baylor's future.
4/27/2011
President's Note; Tuition Equalization Grant; Passing of Dr. F. Gordon Stone; Cornelia Marschall Smith Professor of the Year, Collins Professor, Cherry Award Finalists; Strategic Planning Community Input; State of the University Address; Bright Future for Big 12; Athletic Event Schedule.
4/20/2011
The Baylor University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors held its annual State of the University event on Wednesday, April 20, 2011, in Barfield Drawing Room. The event included recognition of Baylor faculty members who will be retiring at the end of the academic year and a State of the University address by Baylor President Ken Starr. The president's address was followed by a brief Q&A session.
4/12/2011
The TEG is a smart educational investment that has already provided economic dividends and made a difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Texans. The Texas Legislature is considering a plan to cut TEG funding by half, potentially devastating a program that has served financially challenged Texas families for more than four decades.
4/6/2011
President's Note; Geology Research Makes International Headlines; Baylor Law School Moot Court Competition; Pickens, Blanchard, Shulman; Beall Poetry Festival and President's Concert; April 12 STEPP Luncheon; Student and Faculty Accolades; Athletic Events Schedule.
3/23/2011
President's Note; Spring Break Missions; Japan Earthquake; T. Boone Pickens, Presidential Symposium Series; 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible; Student Accolades; Athletic Event Schedule.
3/6/2011
Waco Tribune-Herald, Guest Column (reprinted with permission) - The Texas Legislature faces hard choices. Budget cuts are inevitable. Within the range of possibilities is the Tuition Equalization Grant program that supports many financially challenged first-generation and minority students enrolling in one of the state's educational treasures -- its 40 private colleges and universities, many of which are faith-based.
1/3/2011
This has been a truly memorable year for Baylor. One area in which our green and gold has shown brightest has been in the many successes of Baylor athletics. We will recall this as the year that Baylor Nation - alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends - rose up to support their beloved University in numerous tangible ways.
12/12/2010
VIDEO: President Starr, Coach Briles and QB Robert Griffin Call on the Baylor Nation to Rise Up at the Texas Bowl
9/30/2010
As we count our many blessings and honor Baylor's call to be that metaphorical "city on a hill," we recognize that our beloved University has not been immune from the winds swirling around American higher education. In particular, rising costs have deeply affected our extended Baylor family. So much has been accomplished over the generations as Baylor has grown, but in recent years - including this year - tuition levels have continued to rise.
9/16/2010
President's Note; Scholarship Initiative; Presidential Symposium and Inauguration Installation; Supporting Our Team
9/2/2010
President's Note; A successful start to the semester; University earns accolades; Robert Foster Cherry Award winner arrives on campus; Let's Rise Up and fill the stadium.
6/18/2010
After a number of very busy and challenging weeks, Baylor University has much to celebrate and be thankful for, says President Ken Starr. The Big 12 was saved, thanks in part to members of the Baylor Nation who championed the cause of the Big 12 and spoke out on Baylor's behalf. But your continued support is needed: fill our stands and enthusiastically support our athletic programs. The president also cited another need important to the Baylor family: significantly increasing the endowed student scholarship program at Baylor.

Starr remarked that the new 10-team model of the Big 12 Conference is great for Baylor and great for intercollegiate athletics because it puts the interests of fans and student-athletes first. The first home football game of the season for the Baylor Bears is Sept. 4 against Floyd Casey Stadium against Sam Houston State.
6/15/2010
Baylor University is an extraordinary place. On this first day as an adopted member of that long and ever-growing Baylor line, I give thanks for the countless words of warm welcome and cheerful encouragement that have come my way over the past three and a half months of learning and preparation as I have met with members of the Baylor family in cities across Texas. For 165 years, Baylor has faithfully served both Ecclesia - the church - and Texana - the vast community that now extends not only throughout my native Texas but also to the farthest reaches of the globe. It is my fond hope and fervent prayer that, through God's grace, I will be able to serve this great and beloved institution with energy and enthusiasm, using the full extent of my abilities to empower our important work together. Baylor deserves nothing less.
6/15/2010
Baylor University President Ken Starr released a statement today celebrating the perseverance of the Big 12 Conference and its historic rivalries. Starr expressed "great appreciation to our fellow Big 12 institutions for remaining committed to our partnership and the vision of this conference."
6/10/2010
Baylor University President Ken Starr said today in a message sent to the Baylor Family that the university is continuing to seek as much unity as possible among the members of the Big 12 Conference and to fight for cohesiveness among the Texas universities of the Big 12.
6/7/2010
A guest column penned by Baylor University President Ken Starr regarding Baylor and the future of the Big 12 is running in several Texas newspapers, including the Waco Tribune-Herald and The Dallas Morning News.
6/7/2010
Baylor President Ken Starr spoke about Baylor's commitment to the Big 12 and to its ongoing relationship with the fellow Texas schools in the Big 12, at a news conference Monday, June 7, on the Baylor campus.
6/7/2010
Baylor President Ken Starr spoke about Baylor's commitment to the Big 12, and to an ongoing relationship with our fellow Texas schools in the Big 12, at a news conference Monday, June 7, on the Baylor campus.
6/4/2010
Baylor University President Ken Starr released a message today to all members of the Baylor Family about the spring meetings of the Big 12 Conference that concluded earlier today in Kansas City.
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