Baylor regents reaffirm 2012 and Christian education, but debate continues
The "Battle for Baylor" has more than its share of intrigue, not to mention ample opportunities for tea-leaf reading and code cracking.
The story took a turn to the ridiculous last week as the Waco Tribune-Heraldreported (and editorialized) on a private investigator who claimed to be hired by "rich and powerful people" to dig up dirt on interim president Bill Underwood. Former Baylor insider Hunter Baker thinks it's a hoaxor that the investigator was actually hired by Underwood supporters in an attempt to "make Underwood look like a victim of evil conservative Christian types and let him ride into the presidency full time on a righteously indignant sympathy vote."
The Baylor Board of Regents (whose meeting coincided with the news of the investigator) attempted to defuse some speculation over the weekend by unanimously reaffirming the school's Vision 2012, an ambitious project largely shepherded by Sloan designed to place Baylor in "the top tier of American universities while reaffirming and deepening its distinctive Christian mission."
A statement from the regents said:
In furtherance of Baylor's commitment to outstanding teaching, Baylor will continue to enhance opportunities for research and scholarship among its faculty. Baylor will continue to recruit and hire highly qualified faculty who are committed Christians, including Christian scholars and scholars who are Christians. We expect every faculty member to examine and consider how his or her faith impacts his or her professional life. The Baylor Board of Regents reaffirms its commitment to the University's historic Baptist heritage.
Many who lamented that Sloan's forced resignation as president ...