Faculty Senate Passes Unanimous Resolution Recognizing Baylor President

Jan. 16, 2014
President and Chancellor Ken Starr

Judge Ken Starr commended for 'his spirit of cooperation and shared governance'

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WACO, Texas (Jan. 16, 2014) - At its first meeting of the spring semester, Baylor University's Faculty Senate presented President and Chancellor Ken Starr with a Senate resolution congratulating him on his recent appointment as Chancellor and commending him for his leadership of the University.

The resolution, which was passed unanimously by Senators on Nov. 12, 2013, reads: "The Baylor Faculty Senate congratulates Judge Ken Starr on his appointment as Chancellor and commends his service and leadership as Baylor's President, especially his spirit of cooperation and shared governance."

"Judge Starr has always been open to dialogue and completely unconditional in his respect for faculty, while he has never been the least bit defensive, even when topics are difficult," said Jim H. Patton, Ph.D., professor of neuroscience, psychology and biomedical studies and chair of the Faculty Senate. "I'm sure there are occasions when the President disagrees with the Senate. But there is never any personal animus evident in his interactions. Judge Starr enjoys widespread respect because he has earned it, and he reciprocates the same respect towards faculty, and that is very good for our university."

"I am deeply, deeply humbled and most appreciative of this resolution passed by the Faculty Senate," Judge Starr said. "It is profound blessing - and an honored responsibility - to serve Baylor University alongside our wonderful faculty who are daily helping to transform the lives of our students and move Baylor University boldly forward in terms of our global impact."

Judge Starr was appointed Baylor's 14th president in 2010. Last November, in light of the University's significant progress during his presidency, the Baylor Board of Regents voted to extend Starr's contract and also assigned him the new title of "President and Chancellor." He continues to serve as the University's chief executive officer. In providing the additional title, the Board has charged the President to work to increase Baylor's influence in the nation and around the world, including its more prominent presence in the nation's capital.


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having "high research activity" by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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