WACO (November 12, 2013) Baylor President Ken Starr has a new contract and a new title, after a vote by the university’s board of regents.
Regents voted to extend Starr’s contract and assigned him the title president and chancellor, charging him with the responsibility of working “to increase Baylor’s influence in the nation and around the world,” the university said in a press release.
"For more than three years, President Starr has distinguished himself as a gifted and visionary leader committed to the highest ideals of Christian higher education," said Board of Regents Chairman Richard S Willis.
"The Board recognizes President Starr's exceptional leadership, reflected in his steadfast dedication to fostering unity within the Baylor family and his energetic support of our students, as powerfully illustrated by the priority he attached to successfully advancing the $100 million President's Scholarship Initiative.
"Under President Starr, we have elevated our standing as a comprehensive national research university, launched more than a dozen new degree programs and firmly established Baylor athletics as a program where student-athletes compete effectively both on the field of competition and in the classroom," Willis said.
"With the title of President and Chancellor, we have expanded the President's role and challenged Judge Starr to seek creative ways to advance our University's mission and influence by increasing Baylor's standing on the national and international stage."
Karla Leeper, Ph.D., will serve as vice president for board and executive affairs and will assist Starr by managing and coordinating board affairs, leading Baylor's government relations activities, including its more prominent presence in the nation's capital, and directing the school’s Campus Event Services operation.
She also will serve as chief compliance officer “to ensure that Baylor has the necessary policies and processes in place to comply with the myriad legal and ethical mandates to which American higher education is subject,” the university said.