Major Players

How Leadership Happens at Baylor

Jolene Damoiseaux earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology in May 2014. She completed pre-medical preparation as well as a minor in medical humanities. She graduated summa cum laude, was selected to join Phi Beta Kappa, and completed the Honors program with distinction. Please read her address to the Baylor Board of Regents on the eve of her college graduation, in which she describes her Baylor experience and unwittingly reveals that she epitomizes the best of student leadership at Baylor.

Damoiseaux Address


Ben Betner graduated magna cum laude in May 2014 and attends the law school at the University of Texas-Austin. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and minored in history. Professors and deans regard him highly for the quality of his work and appreciate his impact on our campus. The origin of this impact began, however, long before Ben moved to Waco, Texas, from his native North Carolina. As he finished high school, Ben enlisted in the United States Army and served on active duty for six years, which included deployment to Afghanistan. Please read his essay for the College of Arts & Sciences as he was beginning his senior year at Baylor and reflected on the momentous decision to delay his college education in order to join the military and serve his country.

Betner Essay


Daniel Huizinga, a May 2015 graduate, studied as a Business Fellow at Baylor and focused his coursework in finance, mathematics, and political science. Danny achieved academic excellence, maintaining a 4.0 grade point average, and balanced his commitment to classroom studies by investing himself in Student Government and Baylor Men’s Choir among other organizations. Please read this essay in which he reflects on his undergraduate experience as he began his final semester at Baylor. What he defines are the initiative and pluck that characterize extraordinary leadership. Something he has in spades.

Huizinga Essay