Because Christianity Today’s weblog doesn’t isolate individual blog topics, I’ll reproduce their post in full for your convenience:
Baylor’s new president
Those of you who have watched the Battle for Baylor will be interested to learn that the university has a new president. It’s John Lilley, who previously led the University of Nevada at Reno and Pennsylvania State University-Erie. He’s a Baylor grad, but perhaps not a Baptist. In Erie, he was a ruling elder of the First Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, a PCUSA church. But the Baylor press release says “While a student at Baylor and USC, Dr. Lilley, a licensed Baptist minister, served as minister of music at two Baptist churches.” He told today’s press conference that he’ll be attending First Baptist.
Weblog doesn’t know much about him, but it’s worth noting that Hunter Baker, who has written on Baylor fights for Christianity Today, says, “He will be in favor of the faith-learning integration project already underway and will continue on the path to making Baylor a true research university.”
Also, it’s worth noting that the BaylorFans message board, largely populated by the kinds of people who thought that former Baylor president Robert Sloan was a “fundamentalist” bent on destroying the university, is generally upset with the appointment.
So it sounds like good news. But we’ll withhold judgment until we can actually do some reporting on this.
Just to be clear, CT misquoted me slightly. I prefaced the remark above by saying it was based on what I’ve heard so far from scattered sources. Nevertheless, I’ve seen the new president’s first press conference and thought it was great stuff. The board seems to have unearthed a gem. I liked what John Lilley had to say very much.
Now, let’s see what he does about picking a Provost.