When Baylor’s Board of Regents next convenes in mid-July, the group will include a new chair, four newly elected Regents and — for the first time in memory — direct representatives of the faculty and student body.
Last month, the Board voted to appoint a member of the faculty and student body to one-year terms as non-voting members of the Board. Dr. Todd Still (pictured at left), a Truett Seminary professor and chair of the Faculty Senate, and senior Kelly Rapp (right), the student body president, will serve in these new roles for 2012-13.
Three of the four new Regents elected to the Board are Baylor graduates: Joel Allison, BA ’70, president and CEO of Baylor Health Care System; Judge Jennifer Elrod, BS ’88, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; and Cary Gray, BA ’79, BACC ’80, JD ’83, attorney, president and managing partner of Looper Reed and McGraw P.C. The fourth, Dr. Kenneth Hall, is the retired president and CEO of Buckner International and served as chair of Baylor’s Presidential Search Advisory Committee three years ago. Third-year Regent Richard S Willis, BBA ’81, MBA ’82, will serve as Board chair for the coming year.
Of the 25 Regents on the 2012-13 Board, 21 are Baylor alumni; the four who didn’t graduate from BU are all either parents or spouses of Baylor alums. Seventeen of the 25 Regents have sent their children to BU.
Sic ’em, Baylor Regents!