• Oracle president among new Baylor Regents

    New Baylor Regents

    The university’s Board of Regents will welcome four new members beginning June 1, but they certainly aren’t new to the Baylor family:

    • Mark Hurd, BBA ’79, co-president of Oracle Corp. A former Baylor tennis player, at Oracle Hurd oversees one of the world’s largest enterprise technology companies, with annual revenues of more than $37 billion. The Baylor Tennis Center was renamed the Hurd Tennis Center in 2011 in honor of his family’s generosity to the program.
    • Dr. Neal Jeffrey, BBA ’75, associate pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas. Jeffrey was an all-SWC quarterback for the Bears, leading Baylor in the 1974 “Miracle on the Brazos.” He has served in various pastoral roles at Prestonwood since 1984 and is a popular preacher and speaker.
    • Mark E. Lovvorn, BBA ’76, BAcc ’77, chairman and CEO of Prestonwood Bancshares Corp. and chairman of Providence Bank of Texas (note the green and gold B in the bank’s logo). He has spent the last 30 years as a leading banker and lender in the Dallas area, having previously helped lead BancDallas and Prosperity Bank.
    • Dr. Dennis Ray Wiles, senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Arlington (Texas). An Alumnus by Choice of Baylor’s Truett Seminary, Wiles has served at FBC Arlington since 2001; over that time, worship attendance has grown by 60%. Wiles was elected to Baylor’s Board by the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

    Four others were elected as non-voting Regents: Dr. Todd Still, representing faculty; Jay Fields, representing students; Phil Duren, BBA ’72, representing the “B” Association; and Chris Manning, BBA ’84, representing the Bear Foundation.

    With the four new voting Regents added to the mix (pictured left to right above), 90% of the Board — 26 of 29 — are Baylor alumni, including nine who have multiple degrees from the university. The Baylor experience is unique, so it’s good to see so many alumni — so many successful alumni — willing and able to come back and serve their alma mater.

    Sic ’em, Baylor Regents!

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