WACO (September 14, 2020)--An exhibit titled "Baylor Presidents Past and Present" that opens Friday on the Baylor University campus in Waco includes a treasure trove of memorabilia.
The exhibit, which focuses on the 14 men who have served as president of the university, includes everything from Pat Neff's wedding ring to notes Abner McCall took while training to become an FBI agent.
The exhibit, which runs from Friday through Dec. 20, also will include details on Kenneth Starr, Baylor's current president, who will be inaugurated and installed in a ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday in Baylor’s Ferrell Center.
Baylor University Presidents
1846-1851: Henry Lee Graves
Attended University of North Carolina 1831-1835, Hamilton Literary and Theological Institute in New York 1840-1842.
1851-1861: Rufus C. Burleson
Entered Nashville University in 1840 to prepare for Baptist ministry, but forced to withdraw because of ill health. After recovering, he entered Western Baptist Theological Seminary in Covington, Ky. in 1846 and received his diploma in 1847.
1861-1863: George Washington Baines
Entered the University of Alabama, but was forced with withdraw during his senior year in 1836 because of poor health.
1864-1885: William Carey Crane
Attended Mount Pleasant Classical Institute in Amherst, Mass. and Virginia Baptist Seminary, which is now Richmond College. Moved to New York in 1833 to attend Hamilton Literary and Theological Institute and Madison University, which is now Colgate University. In 1834 he entered Columbian College, which is now George Washington University, from which he received an A.B. degree in 1836 and an A.M. in 1839.
1885-1886: Reddin Andrews
Graduated from Baylor as valedictorian in 1871, then completed a two-year course of study at Greenville Seminary in South Carolina.
1886-1897: Rufus C. Burleson, Second Term (considered second president despite second term)
1899-1902: Oscar Henry Cooper
Attended Marshall University 1865-1866, received BA from Yale.
1902-1931: Samuel Palmer Brooks
Entered the High School Department of Baylor University, graduated with an A. B. in 1893. Received second A. B. from Yale in 1894 and completed an M.A. degree at Yale in 1902.
1932-1947: Pat Morris Neff
Earned A. B. Degree from Baylor in 1894, LL.B. degree from the University of Texas in1897. Received an A. M. degree from Baylor in 1898.
1948-1961: William R. White
Enrolled in Baylor in 1913, but was forced to leave because of ill health. Earned a B. A. from Howard Payne in 1917. Enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary from which he earned a Th.M. in 1922 and a Th.D. in 1924.
1961-1981: Abner Vernon McCall
Enrolled at Baylor in 1933 and received his law degree in 1938.
1981-1995: Herbert H. Reynolds
Earned Bachelor of Science degree from Trinity University in 1952, Ph.D. in experimental and clinical psychology from Baylor in 1961.
1995-2005: Robert B. Sloan
Enrolled at Baylor in 1967, graduated ahead of his class cum laude in 1970. Earned a master of divinity degree cum laude in 1973 from Princeton Theological Seminary. Earned Doktor der Theologie degree insigni cum laude from the University of Basel, Switzerland, in 1978.
2006-2008: John M. Lilley
Earned three degrees from Baylor in the 1960s and then earned his doctorate from the University of Southern California in 1971.