Alumni-elected Regent Selection

In June 2016, Baylor welcomed the first Alumni-elected Regents to service on the Board.

Alumni-elected Regents will serve 3-year terms; however, the 2016 appointees were installed with 1- 2-, and 3-year terms to allow the election process to commence in spring 2017. 

Alumni-elected Regents may be nominated by the various advisory and advocacy boards and groups associated with Baylor University or through a nomination supported by the signatures of at least 50 other Baylor graduates. The Nominating Committee, composed of two Alumni-elected Regents and two other Regents, reviews the application of each nominee and selects the slate of candidates for election. 

Each year, one Alumni-elected Regent will complete their term and the graduates of Baylor University will select or re-elect an Alumni-elected Regent according to the general timeline.


Meet the Candidates

Julie Hermansen Turner
BA '67, MSEd '68 of Dallas
Steven Ryan Mitchell
BA '92 of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Melissa Purdy Mines
BA '90 of Austin

Election Process
2017 Election Process

Three highly qualified candidates have been selected from those nominated for 2017 election. A brief biography of each candidate is provided on the adjacent page. 

All recipients of a Baylor undergraduate or graduate/professional degree are eligible to vote in the election. 

The 2017 election will be operated by third-party provider, Election America, with proven expertise in providing reliable, user-friendly elections. Their secure, confidential online system will be utilized to facilitate voting. 

Distribution of Credentials
Distribution of Credentials

Each graduate for whom the University has a valid continental U.S. mailing address (USPS) will receive a window envelope with the Baylor logo and return address reading: Election Processing, P.O. Box 448, Mineola, NY 11501. This envelope will contain individualized credentials and instructions for accessing the voting portal and online ballot.

Graduates living outside the U.S. and for whom the University has a valid email address and graduates living within the continental U.S. for whom the University has only a valid email address will receive credentials and instructions via email from Please add this address as a safe sender to avoid the email being treated as spam. 

Voting Period
The Voting Period

The online Alumni-elected Regent ballot will open on April 24 and close on May 5, 2017. Each graduate may cast one (1) vote for the candidate of their choice.


Alumni-elected Regent candidates do not run on platforms, but on their accomplishments. Campaigning by candidates or others affiliated with them is not allowed.

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