Baylor Academy for Leadership Development Welcomes Suzii Paynter

Suzii Paynter
Suzii Paynter courtesy photo.
Sept. 30, 2014

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WACO, Texas (Sept.30, 2014) – Baylor’s Academy for Leadership Development will host Suzii Paynter, executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in Miller Chapel. Paynter will be speaking on “Advocating for the Least of These.”

Jennifer Massey, Ph.D., assistant dean in the Academy for Leadership Development, said Paynter is a positive role model for Baylor students.

“In many respects, she embodies the kinds of things we try to inspire our students to become,” she said. “She has a deep commitment to leadership, she’s passionate about her calling and she lives it out successfully.”

Prior to joining the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Paynter worked at the Baptist General Convention of Texas for 12 years, where she created and managed large-scale programs and projects that focused on ministering alongside and advocating for the less fortunate.

Over the past decade, Paynter has gained a national reputation for her advocacy on important ethical issues such as religious liberty, hunger, poverty, environmental justice, human trafficking and immigration reform.

Her work has been highlighted on television programs such as Moyers in America and in print publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The New Yorker. In April 2014, Paynter was invited to the White House, where she discussed immigration reform with President Obama and a small group of faith leaders in the Oval Office.

Miller Chapel is located in Tidwell Bible Building, 600 Speight Ave. For more information, call the Academy for Leader Development at (254) 710-3100.

by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805


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.


The Academy for Leader Development, established in 2004 by the Division of Student Life at Baylor University, creates a common place where diverse individuals studying, researching or practicing leadership in the context of a Christian worldview can benefit from collaboration. The purpose of fostering greater synergy among "leadership thinkers" is guided by an aspiration to provide a meaningful forum for talented Baylor students to develop their strengths in preparation for answering a call to sustained leadership in their chosen vocations, whether they are service in public life, private enterprise, social issues or the church.

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