Community Listening Sessions Announced By Presidential Search Committee

April 7, 2009

Media contact: Lori Fogleman, director of media communications, (254) 710-6275

Baylor University's search for its 14th president took a next step forward today with the announcement of community listening sessions to be held April 14 and April 22.

The listening sessions have been established by the Presidential Search and Advisory Committees to engage the entire Baylor family in the presidential search process by providing an opportunity for Baylor's major constituencies to discuss the desired experience, personal and professional qualities for Baylor's next chief executive.

Listening sessions scheduled for April 14 include Staff Council, Executive Council and Student Government, as well as a general session for Baylor faculty. The April 22 schedule includes a second general session for faculty, a general session for students and listening sessions with the Council of Deans and Waco community leaders. Statewide listening sessions with Baylor alumni are expected to commence in the month of May.

"We have made it clear from the outset that we want this search to benefit from the collective wisdom of Baylor's many constituencies," said Joe Armes, chair of Baylor's Presidential Search Committee. "It is important that we solicit input from the Baylor family early in this process. Before we can make many decisions, we need to hear from faculty, staff and administrators, students, alumni and community leaders who can help define the character and qualities of the person we seek," Armes said.

The listening sessions will take place over two full days and will be facilitated by Presidential Search Committee Chairman, Mr. Armes. Times and venues for the general sessions are being confirmed. Additional information, including a form to provide input to the search committees, can be found at

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