The Baylor campus sure is still and quiet with all of our students on Spring Break this week! But I know our faculty and staff who remained in Waco to prepare for the remainder of the semester are enjoying the wonderful spring weather.
I look forward to heading to Fort Worth for tonight's installment of the Baylor Conversation Series - our first outside of Waco. Board Chairman Joel T. Allison and I will provide an update on the state of the university, while also answering questions from the Baylor Family in the Metroplex.
Earlier today, I shared the initial framework of Baylor's Academic Strategic Plan - Illuminate - with the Board of Regents, along with members of the President's Council and our Deans. This is an important initiative as we accelerate our quest toward preeminence as a Christian research university and strategically chart our path over the next five years and beyond.
Baylor University continues to promote a campus culture where each individual is valued and respected. Every faculty and staff member plays an integral role as together we foster safety, integrity and dignity among our colleagues and our students. To support a healthy campus climate, all faculty and staff will continue to participate in online Title IX training on an annual basis.
I am sending today's email from Grapevine, Texas, as I attend the 2018 International Forum of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU), which includes more than 180 Christian institutions around the world. Although Baylor may be one of the largest CCCU universities, we all share in the mission of advancing Christ-centered higher education and transforming lives by integrating scholarship, service and Biblical truth.
I have enjoyed seeing the bright lights shining at Baylor these past few days. And I mean more than the lighted benches, the fun photo-ops and events, including the special Dr Pepper Hour on Tuesday. You - our students, faculty and staff - continue to be shining examples of who we are as a Christian university as you lead and serve each other and our community in so many ways.
It’s been quite a few years since I’ve experienced a Waco winter, but I certainly don’t remember it being this cold. I hope everyone enjoyed the “Snow Day” on Tuesday and you have been able to stay warm.
I am pleased to announce the members of the Baylor Provost Search Committee, which is charged with identifying candidates to serve as the University’s permanent academic leader who will guide us in our quest to become a “tier one” Christian research university.
The beginning of a new semester is a special time as we welcome our more than 17,000 students back to campus. A new academic term is rich with hopefulness and anticipation for accomplishments to be achieved, knowledge to be gained and new friendships to be forged.
Today, as we welcome our more than 17,000 students back to campus, we look forward to all that 2018 will bring. The start of the academic term is rich with hopefulness and anticipation for progress to be achieved, knowledge to be gained and new relationships to be forged.
2018 is your year to shine. In fact, you make Baylor University a brighter place just by being here. So it makes sense that we say Baylor is the place Where Lights Shine Bright – because each of us is called to be a light in the world.
We are blessed to study, teach, research and serve at a university where we can say “Merry Christmas” and celebrate the true meaning of the season. Let us proclaim and share the birth and ultimate gift of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
Our campus is little quieter now that finals are over and the fall semester has come to a close. Baylor provides a transformational Christian higher education experience for our students – that is, and always has been, our mission – and we look forward to seeing our newest alumni lead in their professional fields and personal lives after graduation.
We are pleased to announce that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) has finalized its review of Baylor University and today officially lifted the University's warning sanction, which was instituted last December.
We are actively working with members of the Texas delegation in Congress on various components of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, as well as through the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and the Independent Colleges & Universities of Texas.
Here at Baylor, we are supremely blessed to be at such an outstanding academic institution with a steadfast commitment to our Christian mission. We have much to be thankful for, and we offer up our praise and thanksgiving!