Baylor's president keeps post, but barely
It seems that with each meeting of the Baylor University Board of Regents, Robert Sloan's presidency and plans to reinvigorate the school get more and more precarious. Last September, amid calls from some regents for Sloan's removal and a no-confidence vote by the faculty senate, the board voted 31-4 to retain him.
In February, regents again rejected calls for the president's ouster, but issued several cautions, and slowed Sloan's Vision 2012 plan beyond its original 10-year mission. At the center of that plan—and at the heart of many (though certainly not all) anti-Sloan complaints—is an effort to make the Waco, Texas, school into a leading research university with a strong Christian identity.
At that meeting, the regents voiced support for Vision 2012, but afterwards expressed anger with the spin that Sloan's administrators put on their reports, and the omission of key phrases from an early press release describing the board's actions and directives.
"The Regents are more upset today than they've ever been," one member told television station KWTX.
Last week, following yet another no-confidence vote from the Baylor faculty senate, the university's board of regents again voted on whether to retain Sloan as president. Again, he won the day. But this time, the vote was 18-17.
A Baylor press release doesn't mention the vote, but Sloan told the Waco Tribune-Herald that he's still moving forward. "Building and restoring relationships does not happen overnight, but I am confident that over time we will see some really positive results," he said. "Because I think most people are committed to that."
"I think what you're seeing is just frayed nerves," Dary Stone, one of the founders of the pro-Sloan ...1
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