Three New Officers Join Baylor's Development Efforts

Sept. 26, 1996

WACO, Texas - Baylor University has named Jerry Mallett of Beaumont, Kristy Elliot of Houston and Doug Wood of Dallas as new development officers for the Houston and Dallas areas to help raise funds for the university.

A 1957 Baylor graduate and All-American in baseball and basketball, Mallett joins Baylor's development office after working with the Beaumont Independent School District for 34 years. At the time of his retirement, Mallett was the superintendent.

Mallett earned a master's degree from Baylor in 1962 and a doctorate in education from the University of Houston in 1988. Prior to working in Beaumont, Mallett played professional baseball for five years with the Boston Red Sox.

Mallett and his wife, Kaye, also a Baylor graduate, have two sons, Lane and Jeff.

Elliot earned a bachelor of arts degree in business from Baylor in 1992. She has worked as human resource manager and assistant store manager for seveal major department stores.

"My heart has always been with Baylor and I still have close ties to friends and professors from Baylor," she said. "This is something that I have always wanted to do."

Elliot will focus her efforts to help raise funds in the Houston metro area, concentrating on the Student Life Complex campaign. She also will help with young Baylor graduates in the area to find a place for them to be involved.

Wood is the only one of the three new officers not to have graduated from Baylor. He is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin; however, before seeking the position at Baylor, Wood applied for and was accepted as an "Alumni By Choice."

"I have been married for 26 years to a Baylor graduate who has closer and deeper friendships than I ever had at UT," Wood said.

Wood has worked with church staffs at First Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, First Baptist Church in Dallas and Richardson Heights Baptist Church.

For the past five years, Wood has served as an adjunct professor at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, where he received his doctorate in education. During those five years, Wood also worked as a Christian entertainer performing comedy all across the country.

Wood and his wife, Donna, have four children. Sean is a senior at Baylor, twins Angela and Ryan are seniors in high school and Ashley is 12.

For more information, contact Baylor's development office at (817) 755-2561.

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