Rebecca "Becky" Kennedy, Assistant Dean for Spiritual Life & Missions, has been on staff at Baylor University since 1997, working primarily in student affairs. During her career in higher education, she has helped students discover their calling by creating opportunities for them to use their gifts and talents to serve others around the globe. In her current role, she oversees the local and global mission programs that create space for students to be transformed by the integration of faith, learning and service. She is passionate about helping students learn how to understand their vocation as calling in a world that needs mindful, ethical, competent Christian leaders who will take on and solve systemic issues that keep people from living a healthy, productive life.
She earned her master's degree in church music with a concentration in conducting from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and her bachelor of music from Samford University with a concentration in church music. In 2014, she graduated from Baylor University with a Master of Business Administration degree.
Some of her presentations include Reflecting and Storytelling Through Social Media (Dalton Institute on College Student Values National Conference, 2013) and Mobilizing and Training Volunteers in Community Development (No Need Among You Conference, 2013), A Missional Approach to Poverty within Higher Education, (Baylor University Poverty Summit, November 2008), Living Missionally in the 21st Century, (Baylor University Chapel, October 2008), Ordinary People Leading from the Middle (Association of Christians in Student Development National Conference, 2006), A Strengths-Based Approach to Helping Students Discover a Sense of Calling (Dalton Institute on College Student Values National Conference, 2006).
Previous Positions at Baylor
- Director/Department Head, Baylor Missions (2006-2014)
- Associate Director, Academy for Leader Development (2005-2006)
- Lecturer, Leadership Development Seminar 1101/1301 (2002-present)
- Assistant Director, University Ministries (2003-2005)
- Music Coordinator, University Ministries (1997-2003)
When not working, Becky enjoys cycling, reading, playing with her dog Maddie, and eating at locally owned restaurants with friends.
Favorite Leadership Quote: "Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth." - John F. Kennedy