Baylor University has selected Linda A. Livingstone, PhD, current dean and professor of management at The George Washington University School of Business, as the institution’s 15th president. Dr. Livingstone was the unanimous choice of the Baylor Board of Regents, following the recommendation of the 12-member Presidential Search Committee.
Dr. Livingstone, who will begin as president on June 1, brings a distinguished academic career to Baylor. Prior to George Washington, she served as dean of Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and associate dean and associate professor in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business.
“On behalf of the Board of Regents, I am both proud and honored to announce Dr. Livingstone as Baylor’s next president during this important time for the University,” said Ronald D. Murff, chair of the Baylor Board of Regents. “Dr. Livingstone brings an accomplished academic career to Baylor, combined with a strong appreciation and support of Baylor’s mission. A longtime Baptist and former Baylor faculty member, she has a passion for the distinctiveness of Baylor’s Christian mission in higher education.”
Dr. Livingstone becomes the first female president in Baylor’s 172-year history.
“I am humbled and honored to be selected as the 15th President of Baylor University,” said Dr. Livingstone. “I chose to begin my academic career at Baylor in significant part because of Baylor’s Christian mission. To return to Baylor to partner with the exceptional faculty, staff, students and administrators to fulfill the University’s vision to be a top-tier research institution, committed to excellence in all aspects of University life, while strengthening the Christian mission is an opportunity I look forward to with enthusiasm.”
Baylor University’s continued commitment to meeting the needs of students took another step forward today with the creation of the Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center.
Made possible by a $2.5 million gift from Bob and Laura Beauchamp of Houston, the multifaceted program will dramatically enhance Baylor’s efforts to foster the holistic well-being of its students in a manner that reflects the University’s values as a Christian community where wholeness, spiritual growth and academic success are priorities.
The Beauchamp Addiction Recovery Center, referred to on-campus as the BARC, is part of a broad effort at Baylor to advance the well-being of its students. The Beauchamps’ lead gift launches the first phase of Christian Character Initiative coordinated through the University Provost’s Office. With an initial $20 million fundraising goal, the Initiative reinforces Baylor’s long-standing commitment to a Christ-centered education, bringing together a range of programs and experiences in a coordinated and powerful endeavor to help students thrive and flourish.
The Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation — home of the Hankamer School of Business — has been awarded LEED Gold certification after satisfying rigorous standards that address the building’s environmental impact. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
The Foster Campus achieved LEED Gold certification by implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. Some of the specific features include a solar-reflective roof, dimmable LED lighting and daylighting controls that allow individuals to adjust lighting throughout the day.
“The remarkable Foster Campus was designed to provide a truly distinctive and collaborative student learning experience, which includes modeling for our students how business practices can reflect faith and responsibility to our world,” said Brian W. Nicholson, vice president for facilities and operations at Baylor.
Baylor University has earned the 2017 Military Friendly School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse.
First published in 2009, the list of Military Friendly Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. Baylor will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse Magazine.
In the fall, Baylor enrolled 135 military veterans, who are supported academically by the university’s Veteran Educational and Transition Services (VETS) program and the VA Education Benefits Office in the Office of the Registrar that assists student veterans with all certification needs for veteran educational benefits.
Baylor University’s undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the Hankamer School of Business has been ranked No. 5 among the “Top 25 Undergraduate Schools for Entrepreneurship Studies for 2017,” according to the latest rankings from The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine.
The top-five ranking is the latest accolade for Baylor’s entrepreneurship program. In September, the program moved up from No. 13 to No. 9 overall in the U.S. News & World Report business school rankings, marking the first time the undergraduate entrepreneurship program moved into the U.S. News top 10.
Rodney G. Bowden, PhD, professor of health education and Brown Foundation Endowed Chair, has been appointed dean of Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences. Bowden joined the Baylor faculty in 2000 and has served as interim chair of Robbins College since 2015.
Robbins College further strengthens Baylor’s position in health and wellness-related education through its departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Family and Consumer Sciences and Health, Human Performance and Recreation. Each area shares a common purpose: improving the quality of life and well-being for individuals, families and communities.
“The Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences is strong and poised for even greater visibility and leadership at Baylor as we increasingly emphasize initiatives in health across the University,” Jones said
Robbins College soon will house U.S. Army-Baylor affiliated health programs in nutrition, occupational therapy, orthopaedic physical therapy, physical therapy and physician assistant studies, which will move from the Graduate School.
“I am excited about the opportunity to serve the students and faculty in Robbins College,” Bowden said. “We have the opportunity for many collaborative efforts with Baylor partners and work with external groups advancing health and quality of life.”