Gaynor Appointed Interim Vice President For University Relations

Nov. 18, 2003
News Photo 1647Kim Gaynor

by Lori Scott Fogleman

Baylor University President Robert B. Sloan Jr. has appointed R. Kimberly (Kim) Gaynor as interim vice president for university relations, effective immediately.

Gaynor joins Baylor after a long career in advertising, most recently with Bozell, Jacobs, Kenyon & Eckhardt, the largest advertising agency in the U.S. and the fifth largest worldwide. As Baylor's vice president for university relations, Gaynor will oversee public relations, the Baylor Network, youth programs, university host, department of public safety and continuing education.

"I am very pleased to have someone of Kim Gaynor's skill, integrity and experience leading this critical area for the university," Sloan said. "His background in corporate advertising and reputation management and his commitment to Baylor's mission will serve the institution well during this interim period."

"I am very excited to be joining the Baylor family and look forward to doing all that I can to help Baylor realize its vision for the future," Gaynor said.

Gaynor earned his bachelor of business administration degree in marketing and finance in 1966 from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of the 1963 national championship football team. He began his career in 1967 in Cincinnati with one of the world's leading firms in brand management, Procter & Gamble Co. Two years later, he joined Foote, Cone & Belding Advertising in Los Angeles as assistant to the chairman. He rose to management supervisor and vice president, where he successfully guided the agency's largest account, Mazda Motors of America, to become one of the fastest-selling brands in the U.S.

From 1975-82, Gaynor served as senior vice president and director of client services for McCann Erickson Advertising in Houston. He returned to Austin in 1982 and spent the next five years as executive vice president and agency principal with GSD&M Advertising, a firm created by five entrepreneurs from the University of Texas.

In 1987, Gaynor joined Bozell/Dallas as executive vice president, chairman of the executive committee and director of client services. Three years later, he assumed leadership of Bozell's office in Detroit as executive vice president and general manager. He went on to serve as president of Chrysler Team USA and executive vice president of DaimlerChrysler USA and Mexico. During Gaynor's decade of managing the Chrysler and DaimlerChrysler accounts, Bozell/Detroit became the premier office of Bozell Worldwide and its successor, FCB Worldwide, by developing relationships with dealer networks that have become a benchmark of excellence at Chrysler and in the automotive industry.

Gaynor has several Baylor ties. His wife, Brenda, is a Baylor graduate. They have two children, Brandon, who is a sophomore at Baylor, and Morgan, who is in the fourth grade. The Gaynors reside in Amarillo.

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