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Baylor hires Linda Livingstone as its first female president

20 April 2017, 03:48 | Laverne Osborne

Linda Livingstone and the Baylor School of Social Work

Linda Livingstone and the Baylor School of Social Work

Baylor University named a new president Tuesday.

Baylor University hired Linda Livingstone as its 15th president.

"So I think I can take that on, and I'm looking forward to it".

"It was an honor to be a part of the GW community, and I will carry it with me always", she said in the release.

Livingstone replaces Ken Starr who was the 14th President at Baylor from February 2010- May 2016.

No explanation of how Livingstone will function as president of the Baptist university, do her housework, birth her babies and keep her husband happy, all at the same time.

Last May, Baylor announced their decision to refocus on the school's Christian identity, among other things, after they demoted former President Ken Star amid the fallout from alleged sexual assaults and rape involving five of the university's football players.

The reform group, Bears for Leadership Reform, whose members include a number of prominent donors, is pressing for greater transparency.

As a private school, most of Baylor's records and its top-level meetings are exempt from the state's public information laws. The school also faces a state criminal investigation and civil rights probe by federal education officials.

The Big 12 Conference is withholding 25 percent of future revenue distribution to Baylor pending the outcome of a third-party review of changes to the school's athletic procedures and governance. An internal investigation concluded that the school systematically failed to address sexual assault allegations on campus and that the football program failed to follow protocol for reporting sexual assault allegations.

Livingstone comes to Baylor from George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she has been a dean and professor of management. She also was a member of the Faculty Athletics Council during her tenure at Baylor. Before her time there, she served 12 years at Pepperdine as dean of the Graziadio School of Business and Management.

Livingstone graduated OSU in 1982 with a bachelor of science in economics and management.

She is also a former faculty member at the school, serving first as an assistant professor in BU's department of management from 1991-97 and then as an associate professor in the same department from 1997-2002.

She became an associate professor in 1997 and became associate dean of graduate programs in 1998, a position she held until leaving in 2002 to join the Pepperdine faculty.

"Baylor's unique culture of care and compassion - that I experienced personally from my colleagues and that I saw demonstrated among faculty, staff and students - continues to inspire and influence me as an administrator", she said.

Baylor University, in Waco, Texas, has about 16,000 students. She was also a four-year letter victor on the OSU women's basketball team from 1978-1982 and a Big 8 Scholar Athlete in 1982, according to a media release. Brad Livingstone now serves as the Dean of Students and teaches history at the Trinity Christian School, in Fairfax, Virginia, where Dr. Livingstone has served as a member of the Board of Trustees since 2015.

"I am humbled and honored to be selected as the 15th President of Baylor University", said Dr. Livingstone.

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