A packed Barfield Drawing Room audience of students, faculty and staff welcomed new Baylor President Ken Starr at his public introduction Tuesday. Even the NoZe Brothers stopped by to have their pictures taken with the University’s new leader (see this photo gallery from his Waco visit). Starr again received a nice ovation when introduced during the Baylor men’s basketball game vs. Texas Tech last night (Bears won, 88-70), wearing a Baylor Bear Pit jersey under his green warm-up jacket.
During his introduction to the Baylor family, Baylor’s 14th president spoke of many things — of the importance of academic freedom and faculty governance, of the significance of Baylor’s long history and the great work by Baptists then and now, and of his focus on students as the center of the University. Today’s Waco Tribune-Herald and Baylor Lariat each sum up the event, but don’t just take their (or my) word for it; the event is available online to watch or download. You can even download just the audio; if you’re in a rush, fast-forward to the 35:10 mark for Starr’s remarks.
A few more related links before we go:
- The Baptist Standard takes a deep look at Starr’s faith and beliefs.
- Starr appeared not only on ABC’s “Good Morning America” but also Fox News’ “Greta Van Susteren.”
- Baylor Law Professor Mark Osler shares some good thoughts on the new president, as does Pulitzer-nominated author (and Baylor alumnus) D. Michael Lindsay.
Sic ’em, President Starr!