Baylor Students, Faculty and Staff:
Earlier this month, we celebrated the announcement of a transformative $100 million gift to Baylor University—the largest current gift ever received by the University. On a recent episode of Baylor Connections, we examined how the many facets of this gift provide incredible momentum to our Give Light fundraising campaign and the goals of Illuminate, our strategic plan, in a variety of ways.
One of those areas is a matching program embedded in the gift, which will enable the university to fund up to 17 endowed faculty positions. Endowed faculty positions make a statement to prospective faculty about the support they’ll receive for the important work they can do here at Baylor, and aid us in recruiting outstanding new teachers and researchers. We also discuss new athletic facilities, the Tidwell Bible Building and more on the program. As you enjoy the summer months, the weekly Baylor Connections podcast is a great way to stay connected to what’s going on across campus. Each episode is archived at baylor.edu/connections.
Here are several items of note for this week:
The Legislature also passed two comprehensive campus sexual assault bills –SB212 and HB1735 – that are now awaiting Governor Abbott’s signature for implementation in August 2020. A related bill, HB449, will require transcript notations for certain offenses committed by a student that result in expulsion. If signed by the Governor, this law would go into effect this September. All three of the bills are applicable to both public and private colleges and universities. As many of you may be aware, the U.S. Department of Education is currently reviewing feedback regarding future changes to Title IX at the federal level. We will continue to align our policies to all state and federal laws and regulations in this important area.
I would like to personally extend my appreciation to our Baylor alumni in statewide offices and in the Legislature for their selfless service and continued support of the University.
It’s the time of year when we see a lot of new, young faces walking across our campus as either part of prospective student tours, summer camps or Orientation, which begins next week. Please be sure to welcome them to Baylor and offer assistance if anyone looks lost. Not only do we have one of the most beautiful campuses in the country, we also have one of the friendliest!
Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.