We, the Students . . .

“We, the Students . . .” provides a platform for thoughtful reflections arising from the student body of Baylor University, and is addressed to our esteemed faculty, administrators, and regents. This blog conveys the sentiments of numerous current Baylor students and is not affiliated with nor approved by the University or any of its constituent parts.

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Thank You, Regents

On Friday, July 15th, our Board of Regents issued a resounding affirmation of Vision 2012. After a three-day retreat in which they discussed the issues of faith and learning and the roles of teaching and research, the Regents unanimously adopted a resolution stating Baylor's commitments to "continue to recruit and hire highly qualified faculty who are committed Christians" (emphasis added).

Regents, we express our sincere thanks to you for your very clear and decisive affirmation of these bold commitments. As you know, we indicated in our original plea (below) that we--the students--share your special regard for Baylor's commitment both to academic excellence and to maintaining (and strengthening) our identity as a Christian university. Moreover, we are excited by your stated expectation that "every faculty member . . . examine and consider how his or her faith impacts his or her professional life." Thank you for the clear direction with which you have provided us all; your resolution has done much to alleviate our anxiety.

The following is the full text of the resolution which the Regents adopted by a unanimous vote on Friday, July 15th:

"Resolved, that the Board of Regents of Baylor University reaffirms its commitment to Baylor 2012. In furtherance of Baylor's commitment to outstanding teaching, Baylor will continue to enhance opportunities for research and scholarship among its faculty. Baylor will continue to recruit and hire highly qualified faculty who are committed Christians, including Christian scholars and scholars who are Christians. We expect every faculty member to examine and consider how his or her faith impacts his or her professional life. The Baylor Board of Regents reaffirms its commitment to the University's historic Baptist heritage."