The Baylor Faculty Senate passed a resolution on Saturday, August 24, endorsing the proposed Transition Agreement between the university and the Baylor Alumni Association. BAA members will vote on the agreement on September 7 at Waco Hall, beginning at 11 a.m. The full text of the resolution is below.
The senate, which is the elected representative and legislative body of the Baylor faculty, met in a retreat before the beginning of fall classes on August 26. Senate chair Dr. Todd Still ’88, who is also the non-voting faculty representative on the Baylor Board of Regents, said that both BAA board president Collin Cox ’97 and regent chair Richard Willis ’81, MBA ’82, spoke at the meeting and shared their perspectives on the Transition Agreement. A subsequent executive session of the senators resulted in the resolution, which was unanimously passed.
“The perspective is that this Transition Agreement offers a way forward for the Baylor Alumni Association,” Still said, “whereas, if this agreement were not passed, it appears as if the future of the association . . . does not look especially bright.”
Still added, “The senate is not trying to tell anyone how to vote, but it does appear, from the senate’s perspective, and from mine as senate chair, that there is promise, anyway, in this Transition Agreement.”
Still will rotate off as chair on Thursday, August 29, at the first full faculty meeting of the semester, but will remain the faculty voice on the board of regents. —Meg Cullar
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY FACULTY SENATE STATEMENT
REGARDING THE TRANSITION AGREEMENT
The Baylor University Faculty Senate supports reconciliation within the Baylor family. Having recently met jointly with the Chair of the Board of Regents and the President of the Baylor Alumni Association on the nature and terms of the Transition Agreement, we believe that this agreement holds great promise for moving our university forward in unity and mutual trust.
In the unanimous view of the Faculty Senate, this agreement promises a structure that allows alumni to work more directly and effectively with the Board of Regents and the university administration while maintaining an independent voice in university affairs through the proposed creation of the Baylor Line Corporation and the continuing publication of the Baylor Line.
The Faculty Senate encourages all members of the Baylor Alumni Association to vote in Waco Hall on September 7, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. To check membership status or to become a member, go to http://www.baylorline.com.