As BUWC celebrates this 30th anniversary year, we look back at our roots. Like the roots of a majestic oak, our organization’s roots have given us a firm foundation and have provided support that has enabled our Dallas group not only to grow, but to thrive. Today we honor those early roots, and one who continues to anchor our organization through unwavering support and dedication.
Brenda Moore Morris grew up in Ft. Worth—across the street from the TCU campus. However, her Baptist roots led her to Baylor where she graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. In 1963, she married her long-time friend and Baylor grad Gwin Morris. This year they celebrated their 55th anniversary. They have two sons, David Scott (wife Laura Redwine) and Michael Brent; and two grandchildren, Austin and Lauren.
While Gwin was establishing his career in higher education, the family moved often. Along the way, Brenda completed two master’s degrees and taught at the college level. In 1986, Gwin accepted a position with Baylor as Director of Development in Baylor’s Dallas office, and Brenda worked as an Educational Specialist with Electronic Data Systems. She was in Ohio on business the day of the first BUWC luncheon in 1987, and remembers crying in her motel room because she could not attend.
Early in 1988, Baylor called them to Waco where Gwin served as Assistant Vice President for Field Development and Brenda was a lecturer in the Hankamer School of Business. In 1993, she was named Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the Business School; and in 1995, she accepted an appointment as Assistant Vice-President and Director of Organizational and Professional Development.
Another move—this time to Houston—led to Brenda becoming Director of the Baylor Network, where she worked with alumni to build the Baylor Business Network in large cities. Brenda and Randy Lofgren wisely believed that successful alumni activities should be led by volunteers and supported by Baylor staff. Today, nine Women’s Councils and 7 Business Networks in Texas and other states confirm the validity of their belief.
Brenda is the recipient of several awards from Baylor including the “Teaching Excellence Award” at Hankamer Business School and the “Mortar Board Circle of Achievement Award” (1991); the “Pathfinder Award” given by the State of Texas (1996); Baylor’s “Outstanding Executive Staff Award” (1998); and the “Baylor Retired Administrator Award” (2015).
She has served as President of Newcomer Friends of Greater Plano, and continues to volunteer for numerous Baylor organizations and events including the women’s council, Baylor Business Network, LHSON “Going for the Gold” Gala, and Baylor golf tournaments. She and Gwin are also active members at Wilshire Baptist Church where they serve as Deacons.
We are grateful for our roots, and particularly for one whose vision for “volunteer led--Baylor staff supported efforts” has stretched across our country and beyond. It is with great joy and appreciation that we recognize Brenda Moore Morris as our 2017 Woman of Distinction.