Baylor University President John M. Lilley has appointed Reagan M. Ramsower as vice president for finance and administration, Charles D. Beckenhauer as general counsel, William B. Hair as interim dean of libraries and Rebecca L. King as interim chief information officer. Both Ramsower and Beckenhauer had been holding their positions as interim appointments; King and Hair will fill Ramsower's previous positions.
"As we prepare to begin a national search for a combined chief information officer/dean of libraries, I am delighted that such outstanding colleagues as Bill Hair and Becky King have agreed to assume interim leadership responsibilities in the libraries and in the University's information technology division," said Ramsower, BBA '74, MA '76, who had been serving as acting vice president for finance and administration since August 2004, when former vice president David Brooks returned to private business.
Ramsower, who now manages 10 offices in the finance and administration division, joined the Baylor faculty in 1983 after completing his doctorate in management information systems and industrial psychology from the University of Minnesota. In 1986, he was appointed chair of the newly formed department of information systems in the Hankamer School of Business and established both a master's and a doctoral program in the department, while managing the rapid growth in the undergraduate programs.
In 1991, Ramsower became associate dean for teaching and administrative systems in the business school, where he developed administrative systems for improved management control and enhanced teaching processes using technology. Since 2000, Ramsower has managed Baylor's information assets as associate vice president and chief information officer. In 2001, upon recommendation of the library faculty, Ramsower was named dean of Baylor libraries.
Beckenhauer had served as interim general counsel since September 2005, succeeding Noley Bice, who retired after seven years of service. Beckenhauer earned his bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Kansas State University in 1971 and his law degree with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979. He also earned a master of laws degree in labor and employment law with highest honors from George Washington University in 1983.
Before joining Baylor's general counsel's office in 1993, Beckenhauer served as deputy director of legislative and legal policy within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he worked on legislative, legal and policy matters relating to civilian and military personnel during the H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations.
At Baylor, Beckenhauer has served as assistant and associate general counsel. He also serves as an instructor in employment relations at Baylor Law School.
Hair joined the Baylor faculty from Golden Gate Theological Seminary in 1994 to serve as theology and philosophy librarian. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from the University of Tennessee in 1976, a master of divinity degree from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in 1980 and a master of library science degree from Vanderbilt University in 1982. He also has pursued additional study at Princeton Theological Seminary, the University of San Francisco and Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Hair has held numerous positions within the Baylor libraries. In 2002, he was appointed associate dean and director of central University libraries.
King, BA '76, a cum laude graduate from Baylor, received her MBA with an emphasis in accounting in 1980 from the University of Houston. In addition, she has done graduate work in the psychology statistics program at Baylor.
King joined Baylor in 1981 as an analyst/programmer and a year later became manager of database systems development. In 1990, she was named associate director for information systems and services and was promoted to director in 2001. She directs a 26-member staff in the review, implementation and management of University administrative information systems and database management systems.