After a national search, President Ken Starr announced the appointment of Dr. Jerry T. Haag, BBA '88, MBA '89, former president of Florida Baptist Children's Homes, as vice president for university development. Haag assumed his new position on April 18.
As vice president and a member of the president's Executive Council, Haag is leading Baylor's development office, which is charged with working with Baylor's donor community to raise funds in support of university initiatives and programs.
"Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Haag has exhibited visionary leadership, abiding faith, selfless service and a profound commitment to purpose, both in his personal and professional life," Starr said. "Those characteristics make him the right person to help Baylor achieve its ambitious fundraising goals by engaging the entire Baylor family, while confidently reaching out to those outside our family who share our vision and generously wish to support our distinct and important mission."
"Under the faithful leadership of Judge Starr, Baylor is in a phenomenal position for future growth," Haag said. "Baylor is experiencing momentum on a national scale that distinguishes our university from all others. I am delighted to be called to serve at this momentous time in Baylor's history, and I could not be more pleased and excited to return to the university that I love so dearly," Haag said.
Haag earned a doctorate in finance and real estate in 1995 from the University of Texas at Arlington. He was named the Mortar Board Top Professor in 1995 and 1996 at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kan. From 1997 to 1998, he taught at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., before joining Shades Mountain Baptist Church in Birmingham as administrative pastor from 1998-2000. He also has corporate work experience with AT&T and is a Certified Financial Planner.
From 2000-07, Haag served as president and CEO of the South Texas Children's Home in Beeville. Since 2007, Haag has served as the ninth president in the 107-year history of the Florida Baptist Children's Homes. In 2009, Haag was appointed by then Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to a three-year term on the Florida Faith-based and Community-based Advisory Council.
Haag has led and participated in humanitarian aid, emergency relief, child care and ministry to children and families in countries around the world. He has preached in churches across Florida and Texas. He and his wife, Christi Hanna Haag, BSED '88, also speak at marriage and family seminars.
Additionally, he has authored, presented and published academic articles relating to his business expertise. He was named an Outstanding Young Alumnus by the Baylor Alumni Association in 2005 and has served on the association's alumni council since 2007.
The Haags have two sons, Ben and Brady.