The New Baylor Pres. Speaks

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.

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5 thoughts on “The New Baylor Pres. Speaks

  1. Sounds like Harriet Miers. Huh? Wha?

    These days, we communicate in code, limning little fishes in the sand with our feet…

  2. On the contrary, this gentleman is completely qualified to be a university president! In fact, he was the president of two other universities. And I heard from the regents that he never told anybody he needed to “bone up.”

    Okay, I made that last part up.

  3. I should stop and say that I like the part about limning little fishes. It reminded me of a story in John McCain’s POW book. One Christmas a VC guard walks up to him and sketches a cross in the sand with his foot, let’s it stand for a moment while giving McCain a meaningful stare, erases it, and walks away.

  4. Sorry, I didn’t mean to sound down on him. It’s just I wouldn’t have known what he was talking about unless you had explained it in your previous post.

    A Christian university not run by Jerry Falwell. What a concept.

  5. It’s a beautiful thing. I was there and saw it taking shape. If they get where they plan to go, it will be one of the most interesting and valuable institutions in America. Sounds overblown, but it is so very true.

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