Leadership to Bolster Baylor's Bright Future

Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.

At their regular May meeting, the Baylor University Board of Regents voted to extend the contract of President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D., to 2032 in recognition of her exemplary University and national leadership that has elevated Baylor as a preeminent Christian research university with strengths across the board in academics, research and athletics.

“This long-term contract extension reflects President Livingstone’s strong, visionary and consistent leadership over the past five years, guiding Baylor University with a steady hand through challenging times to extraordinary heights as a preeminent Christian Research 1 university,” said Board Chair Mark Rountree, B.B.A. ’86, M.T.A. ’87, of Dallas. 

“In many fields, including higher education, stability in leadership is vital. Guided by her faith, President Livingstone has energized and inspired our faculty, staff, students and alumni to invest their time, talents and treasure in Baylor as a Research 1 university with a bright future ahead. At the same time, she has risen as one of most respected voices nationally in American higher education, from the role of faith-based institutions to the complex, evolving issues in intercollegiate athletics,” Rountree said.

In addition to the many accomplishments at Baylor over the past five years, President Livingstone serves in top leadership positions across the country as vice chair/chair-elect of the Board of Directors of the American Council on Education, vice chair/chair-elect of the Big 12 Conference Board of Directors, a member of the NCAA Division I Board of Directors and the NCAA Board of Governors, and an appointed member of the NCAA Constitution Commission and the Division 1 Transformation Committee. In addition, she is on the boards of Baylor College of Medicine and the Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas. 

“I thank the Board of Regents for their continued trust in me to uphold Baylor’s distinct mission, historic traditions and the vital role Baylor plays in higher education as the preeminent Christian research university,” President Livingstone said. “The past five years included many challenges at the outset, but also many rewarding opportunities — from our expanding academic enterprise and R1 designation to unprecedented success in fundraising and athletics — while remaining centered on our Christian mission to educate students for worldwide leadership and service within a caring community. 

“I am blessed to be at a university with incredibly talented students and to work each and every day with amazing colleagues on the President’s Council and exceptional faculty and staff across the campus,” President Livingstone added. “None of Baylor’s recent success would be possible without a dedicated, service-oriented team that daily commits to our Christian mission. Brad, Shelby and I love being part of the Baylor Family and are honored to continue to serve this truly special institution at such an exciting time.”