The White House announced in mid-June that Jerome R. Loughridge, chief of staff to Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr., has been appointed a White House Fellow for 2003-04, effective Sept. 1. The bipartisan White House Fellowship Program, founded in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, is the nation's most prestigious program for leadership and public service.
Loughridge, a 1995 summa cum laude graduate of Baylor, is one of 12 Fellows chosen from an initial pool of more than 1,000 candidates for the one-year, paid appointment.
"I am humbled at being selected for this program and honored at the opportunity to serve with such a distinguished group," Loughridge said. "I am also pleased that my experience at Baylor as a student and a staff member and the role it played in my selection says something about the University's ability to cultivate individuals for leadership and influence in our culture."
Loughridge earned his master's degree in public policy from Harvard University in 1998 and then served on the staff of U.S. Sen. Don Nickles. He also served as the first Foundation Fellow for the Children's Memorial Medical Center Foundation in Chicago. He was named chief of staff to Dr. Sloan in February 2001. While at Baylor, he also oversaw the University's Office of Public Affairs.