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Lapes Named Director of Casey Computer Center

May 25, 2006

Anthony LapesDr. Terry S. Maness, dean of the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University, announced the appointment of Anthony Lapes as director of the Casey Computer Center, replacing Larry Essary. Essary will be moving to North Carolina with his wife, Baylor Law Professor Melissa Essary, who has been named the new dean of the School of Law at Campbell University.

"I'm happy that Anthony is joining us at the business school," said Maness. "As we go forward in the next few years with building expansions and continue upgrading and integrating technology in classrooms, Anthony's experience will be especially important."

In the new position, Lapes will oversee all operations of computing services in the Hankamer School of Business, including technical architectures and plans for the School, budgeting, purchasing and managing the maintenance of hardware, software, and network resources and directing, coordinating, and assigning Center personnel in response to technical problems.

"I am grateful to God for this opportunity, and I am excited to join the Hankamer School of Business, said Lapes. "I will greatly miss Larry Essary as a friend and colleague. I look forward to building on the excellent work that he and the Casey Computer Center staff have accomplished. I count it a privilege to serve under the leadership of Dean Terry Maness."

Lapes comes to the Business School from Baylor's Electronic Library, where he served as a technology project manager, developing and upgrading technology classrooms, labs and other audiovisual presentation spaces, as well as budgeting and procuring technology for the organization. Prior to that, he was an academic technology consultant at the Information Technology Center and a programmer for the Center for Computing and Information Systems, both at Baylor.

Lapes earned his BS in Mathematics with Computer Science and a Minor in Literature from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his MS in Education from Baylor.

He serves as a LifeGroup leader at Antioch Community Church and is a member of the Waco Baptist Academy Board of Trustees. Lapes also coaches kindergarten through 2nd graders in recreational basketball, soccer and baseball leagues at the Woodway Family Center.

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