In late February, Larry D. Brumley announced his resignation as interim vice president for marketing and communications, effective May 31, to join the administration at Mercer University in Macon, Ga.
Mercer president-elect and former Baylor interim president William D. Underwood made Brumley his first administrative appointment at the Baptist institution in Georgia, naming him to the position of senior vice president and chief of staff, effective June 1.
Before joining the Baylor administration in May 1997 as associate vice president for communications, Brumley served for six years as associate vice president for university relations at Mercer.
"I know that others in the Baylor family will want to join me in expressing appreciation to Larry for the contributions he has made to the university over the last nine years," President John M. Lilley said. "He has led a number of significant communications and marketing initiatives at Baylor that will yield lasting benefits for the university and the community. My colleagues and I wish him the very best as he returns to Mercer to work with Bill Underwood in this new capacity."
As senior vice president and chief of staff, Brumley will provide executive leadership as a senior adviser to the president and will work closely with other Mercer executive staff to facilitate overall university operations and direction. He also will counsel Mercer's University Relations Office on marketing strategies, direct presidential initiatives to enhance and expand Mercer's relationships with Baptist constituencies, and manage the operations of the Office of the President.
"I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve my alma mater over the past nine years. Baylor has undergone tremendous change during this period, and communicating those changes and accomplishments to the University's diverse constituencies has been both challenging and rewarding," Brumley said. "I believe Baylor has a bright future under the leadership of President John Lilley. I will miss Baylor --
particularly the talented and dedicated colleagues I have been fortunate to serve alongside -- but I look forward to the opportunity to work with Bill Underwood at this historic Georgia institution."