Our StaffBaylor University's Office of General Counsel employs nine full time staff; five attorneys and four administrative staff. Members of the Office of General Counsel participate in a number of higher education organizations, including the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA), National Association of College and University Business Officer (NACUBO), Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and Higher Education Legal Managers (HELM).
Charles Beckenhauer has his bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Kansas State University, his law degree with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, and his master of laws degree in labor law with highest honors from George Washington University.
He served 22 years in the United States Air Force, serving 14 of those years as a judge advocate. During that time he specialized in labor and employment law, handling personnel and union matters throughout the United States in both administrative and judicial proceedings. His last military assignment was in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, providing legal, legislative and policy advice on a variety of civilian and military personnel matters during the Bush and Clinton administrations.
He retired as a colonel in 1993 and immediately joined the Office of General Counsel at Baylor. From 1993 until 2006, he served as assistant and associate general counsel, specializing in labor and employment matters, immigration, non-discrimination and affirmative action, Title IX compliance, and related litigation support. Some of his policy work at Baylor has included issues relating to international programs and students of concern.
He has served as the General Counsel since February 2006.
Lenda Callaway is a Legal Support Specialist in the Office of General Counsel. She assists OGC attorneys in the administration of the International Travel, Domestic Travel, and Special Events programs. Lenda holds a BA in English and History from the University of Mary Hardin Baylor and has 25 years of higher education experience.
Felicia Cruz has been at Baylor since 2004. She currently serves as Board & Legal Support Specialist for Baylor University in the Office of General Counsel. Prior to her joining Baylor in 2004, Felicia was a Legal Assistant/Secretary at Sutton & Jacobs, LLP in Beaumont, Texas. She currently has 15 years of legal experience in various fields. Felicia provides support to all attorneys and staff within the Office of General Counsel and assists with legal needs of other university departments. Felicia coordinates the immigration and work authorization programs for employees at Baylor.
Marsha Duckworth is Director for Board and Legal Support Services for Baylor University, Waco, Texas. She has been employed at Baylor and held this position since May 1985. Marsha holds a B.A. from Baylor University. Her duties within OGC include oversee, assign and coordination of incoming and outgoing assignments for the attorneys; handle Board of Regents matters; serve as Assistant Secretary to the Board; oversee litigation support services; contact person between attorneys and clients on sensitive issues; and work on special projects as directed by the Board of Regents, the Office of the President and/or General Counsel.
Sherrill Duren joined the Office of General Counsel in 2008 as a legal support specialist. She works with all academic areas needing help with internship and practicum agreements. She also assists attorneys with litigation support and compliance issues. A retired high school English teacher, she is a proud Baylor graduate with a degree in secondary education, with majors in English and French. She has taken graduate courses at Ball State University and the University of Texas in Austin, and paralegal courses at McLennan County College.
Christopher Holmes is an Associate General Counsel. Chris joined Baylor's staff in 2002 after serving as General Counsel at Dallas Baptist University. Prior to his work in higher education, Chris was an attorney in the Dallas law firm of Cowles & Thompson for eight years, where he represented clients in commercial litigation matters. He holds a B.A. from Baylor University and a J.D. (with honors) from the University of Texas. While at Baylor, Chris was a member of the Baylor Chamber of Commerce. Chris received NACUA's First Decade Award in 2011 and currently is Chair of NACUA's Committee on Web Page Legal Resources. Chris is also a member of the inCommon Steering Committee.
Patrick B. Mosley
Pat is an Assistant General Counsel for Baylor. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, from Baylor, and his Juris Doctor from the Baylor School of Law where he was an Associate Editor of the Baylor Law Review. Pat was in private practice for approximately twenty-six years before joining Baylor's Office of General Counsel in 2009. His primary areas of concentration are: aviation/travel issues, construction, copyright, insurance, intern/affiliation agreements, risk management, and student loans.
Christopher "Kit" Riehl
Kit Riehl is an Associate General Counsel for Baylor University. Kit joined Baylor's Office of General Counsel in June 2002. Before coming to Baylor he spent ten years in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Kit received his Juris Doctor from Baylor University School of Law. His primary areas of responsibility at Baylor include: intellectual property, sponsored research, technology transfer, trademark licensing, and export control regulations.
Doug Welch joined Baylor's Office of General Counsel as an Assistant General Counsel in December 2006 from private law practice in Lubbock, where he also served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Texas Tech University School of Law. He graduated from Baylor in 1986 with a BBA in Accounting, and after 3 years in public accounting, returned to school and received his Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University School of Law in 1992, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Tech Law Review and Editor of the Texas Bank Lawyer. Immediately following law school, Doug served for 2 years as Briefing Attorney for U.S. District Judge Sam R. Cummings. Doug's primary responsibilities at Baylor are: litigation, employment law, real estate, athletics/Title IX compliance and international programs. Doug also serves on the Baylor International Travel Committee.