Alumni-elected Regent Selection

In June 2016, Baylor welcomed the first Alumni-elected Regents to service on the Board. Alumni-elected Regents serve three-year terms; however, the 2016 appointees were installed with one-, two-, and three-year terms to allow the election process to commence.

As Alumni-elected Regents complete their terms, Baylor University graduates elect or re-elect Alumni-elected Regents to service. 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.

General Election Timeline

Nominations accepted via nomination process

Nominee submissions reviewed and candidates selected and announced

Late April-Early May
Baylor graduates vote in the election of the Alumni-elected Regents

Late May-June 
Results announced and Alumni-elected Regents begin service June 1

Meet the Candidates

Kevin Cherry
BA '79, JD '82 of Dallas
Wayne Fisher
BBA '61, LLB '61 of Houston
Katie Jo Baumgardner Luningham
BA '11 of Kansas City, Missouri
Rusty Phenix
BA '84, JD '84 of Henderson

2018 Election Process

Six highly-qualified candidates have been selected from those nominated for 2018 election. A brief profile of each candidate is provided on the adjacent pages.

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

The 2018 election will be operated by Election America, a third-party provider with proven expertise in providing reliable, user-friendly elections. Their secure, confidential online system will be utilized to facilitate voting.

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.

Any Baylor graduate for whom the University has 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.

The Voting Period

This year’s election will result in the election of two Alumni-elected Regents to the Board. The online Alumni-elected Regent ballot will open April 23 and close May 2, 2018. Each graduate may cast two votes for the candidates of their choice. The two candidates with the highest number of votes will be selected.


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