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Regents discuss University issues

March 25, 1997

By Ricky George

Lariat Editor

New deans, Pat Neff Hall improvements and wiring residence halls were among the issues tackled by the Baylor Board of Regents in their meeting during the weekend.

The regents approved the appointment of Dr. Terry Maness as dean of the Hankamer School of Business for a 3-year term, according to a press release. Maness had been serving as interim chairman after Dr. Richard Scott was promoted to vice president of University development last year.

'I think everybody's pretty happy,' Dr. Stan Madden, vice president of University marketing said. 'It's good when the best-qualified candidate is homegrown.'

Dr. J.T. Rose was appointed chairman of the finance, insurance and real estate department, Maness' previous position.

Other appointments include Dr. Paul Spickard to chairman of the history department and professor of history, Spickard had been teaching at Brigham Young University in Hawaii, Madden said.

Reappointments include Dr. Edwin P. Oxford as mathematics department chairman, Bradley J. Toben as dean of the School of Law for a 3-year term, Dr. James Truitt as chairman of the economics department and Dr. G.W. Willis as chairman of the information systems department. Dr. Manuel J. Ortuno was appointed chairman of the modern foreign language department, Dr. Harold W. Osborne was appointed chairman of the sociology, anthropology and social work department and Dr. Robert C. Cloud was appointed chairman of the health, human performance and recreation department, according to a press release.

Other appointments include Dr. James M. Benninghof as chairman of the academic studies department in the School of Music, Dr. Larry D. Vanlandingham as chairman of the department of Instrumental studies and Dr. James B. Williams as chairman of the department of keyboard studies.

The regents approved financing tax exempt bonds for future utility infrastructure projects, according to a press release.

Funding for continued wiring of residence halls was approved, including parts of Memorial, Brooks, Alexander, Kokernot, Martin and North Russell residence halls. Each room will have a computer network connection and telephone line, including cable connections. All residence hall rooms should be wired by summer 1998.

Pat Neff Hall renovations got another financial boost with the approval of an additional $600,000. The original budget had to be refigured to additional improvements for suites for the University Counsel, Organizational Development, Internal Auditor and vice president for academic affairs. The total cost of the renovations will be $1,195,000 after complying with building codes, adding restrooms and disability features.

In other action, the regents approved:

*Awarding an honorary doctorate degree to Robert Reid, professor emeritus, during commencement ceremonies May 17 in the Ferrell Special Events Center. Reid served as chiarman of the history department from 1977-1992 and also as the adviser for the Baylor Chamber of Commerce.

*A new bachelor of arts degree in dietetics from the family and consumer sciences department. Students currently completing the dietetics option receive a bachelor of science degree. With the change, bachelor of arts students will now be able to get a dietetics degree without switching to the bachelor of science path and losing credits.

*The name change for the foreign service major to international studies major in the department of political science. The term 'international studies' is now generally accepted at almost all major universities and will enable Baylor students to be easily recognized nationally and internationally and to participate in the International Studies Association.

*The name change for the Slavic studies major to Slavic and East European studies because of the expanded scope of the program.

*Establishing a Center for Ministry Effectiveness to support Christian ministers. The program will be jointly sponsored by the University and the Baptist General Convention of Texas and will be open to all denominations. The center will be directed by Dr. Winfred Moore, who currently serves as the W. Winfred Moore and Elizabeth Moore Visiting Professor in Ministry Guidance at the University.

'One of the great problems with ministers today is that many face a 'burnout' period in their lives,' Moore said in a press release. 'Besides preaching, you have budget meetings, counseling sessions, marriages, visiting the sick, community work every day, the list is endless.'

Moore said he hoped to begin the center 'as fast as possible.'

The regents are scheduled to meet Monday in Dallas to discuss the Baylor Health Care System situation. Their next meeting in Waco is May 8.

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