Leadership appointments

In July, Baylor Executive Vice President and Provost L. Gregory Jones announced three leadership appointments in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost:

  • Michelle V. Berry, BBA/MAcc '03, was promoted to vice president for academic operations and strategic finance,
  • Dr. Lori E. Baker, BA '93, MA '94, was appointed vice provost for strategic initiatives, collaboration and leadership development, and
  • Dr. Darin H. Davis, MA '95, was named as vice president for university mission.

"The appointments of Michelle Berry, Lori Baker and Darin Davis will help us build stronger and strategic capabilities in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost," Jones said.

In the Office of the Provost, Baker will work on leveraging Baylor's academic strengths across the campus and building more robust capabilities for Baylor's faculty and deans to work together and move forward important initiatives, in particular the health sciences.

Berry will focus on the operational and financial strategies to equip the EVP/Provost's Office to advance Baylor's strengths at the intersections of the university's schools and colleges and enrich transdisciplinary initiatives that enhance teaching, learning and research.

Davis's appointment will add expertise in the Office of the Executive Vice President as he works with students, faculty and staff across the university to emphasize the mission-centric focus distinctive to Baylor as a Christian research university.

Berry joined the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost in 2010 as assistant vice president for academic operations in the provost's office and was named associate vice president in 2013.

Baker is associate professor of anthropology in Baylor's College of Arts and Sciences with a specialization in molecular and forensic analysis of skeletal remains. Baker serves as Faculty Regent on the university's Board of Regents, as chair of the President's Advisory Council on Diversity (PACD) and is past chair of the Faculty Senate (2014-15).

Davis is director of Baylor's Institute for Faith and Learning (IFL) and clinical associate professor of moral philosophy in the Honors Program in the Honors College. He also is an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Philosophy and George W. Truett Theological Seminary. As IFL director since 2008, he oversees several projects, including the annual Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture; and the publication of Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics.