By: Will Stevenson
Remember Art Briles? Death over Drug deals? Missing bodies? Scandal? Sexual Assaults? Transferring in other collegiate athletes with previous sexual assault history? Welcome to Baylor University, the cesspool of college sports.
There seems to be hope. Baylor has hired a new president: Linda Livingston. She is the first female president (no Trump and Clinton jokes please) is Baylor’s history. Baylor has been rummaging in the bottom of the barrel when it comes to adult-moral-leadership. What better way to send a message to the campus and boosters than a former alum to head the charge.
The Baylor program faces an uphill climb, an internal investigation concluded that the school systematically failed to address sexual assault allegations on campus, and the football program failed to follow protocol for reporting sexual assault allegations. Baylor football players are accused of committing 52 rapes in under 4 years under former head coach Art Briles.
Dr. Livingstone, who will begin as president on June 1, brings a distinguished academic career to Baylor, a private Christian university and nationally ranked research institution with more than 16,000 students. Prior to George Washington, she served as dean of Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management and associate dean and associate professor in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business. (Per Baylor.edu)
“On behalf of the Board of Regents, I am both proud and honored to announce Dr. Livingstone as Baylor’s next president during this important time for the University,” said Ronald D. Murff, chair of the Baylor Board of Regents. “Dr. Livingstone brings an accomplished academic career to Baylor, combined with a strong appreciation and support of Baylor’s mission. A longtime Baptist and former Baylor faculty member, she has a passion for the distinctiveness of Baylor’s Christian mission in higher education.”
What will be the process Dr. Livingstone takes at Baylor? Who will she bring with her from George Washington? How will the boosters coexist with her? As we know, when something is bad for a long time, usually it takes a village to clean up the mess and move forward to a brighter future. This does not mean than violence, academic scandal, and other greviances will cease to exist once Dr. Livingston takes her seat as President on June 1st. What we can expect is there will be new protocols, new processes, and changes up and down the leadership at Baylor. The past cannot and will not be erased, but that does not mean their future is compromised.
There is work to be done at Baylor, and Dr. Livingston has signed up for the task.