In an interview with the Waco Tribune-Herald, new Baylor president John Lilley gave the answer that shows he’s on board with the university’s vision. Here’s the relevant exchange:
Q: Here at Baylor, there have been a couple of issues that have been controversial for faculty and others. One is the integration of faith and learning. What do you see as the proper roles for those?
A: Well, the whole issue of Baylor’s intention of holding a Christian university in a Baptist tradition, that’s at the heart of what Baylor is. In the history of this country, almost all the private schools of any age were founded by churches, and very few of them remain. Most have simply become really outstanding private universities or colleges. And so that was a decision that someone along the way made. And our regents have made the decision, as confirmed by the faculty senate, that Baylor will be intentional about being a Christian university. And Baylor will work at it, as it were. As far as how to do that, where there are disagreements – well, let’s rejoice over the agreements, then focus on the disagreements and see how we can work through those. And so it’s just kind of a common-sense approach for recognizing, as I said earlier, that the faculty are the heart of this operation. And we have to be unified. Now that’s not some false unity, that’s genuine unity. I’m confident we can work though theses issues. My impression is that interim president Underwood has been working steadily on them. And I know no one would be happier about a common understanding than Chancellor Robert Sloan.
Looks like Baylor is in good hands. It’s also a very good sign that Lilley doesn’t run away from association with Robert Sloan.