The Baylor Alumni Association held a conference call Saturday to discuss its next move after a vote Sept. 7 to dissolve the organization failed to win enough support, but no action was taken.
BAA President Collin Cox said the conference call was to assess where members are emotionally and pragmatically regarding the association’s future.
There was no agenda of action items for the conference call, Cox said.
“It was a healthy discussion,” he said.
The transition agreement between BAA and Baylor University, up for a vote Sept. 7, would have ended the 154-year-old BAA.
It also would have created the Baylor Line Corp., which would publish The Baylor Line magazine and recommend a nonvoting member to the board of regents.
But the agreement failed to win the required two-thirds majority among alumni association members who voted. As a result, the university terminated its licensing contracts with the BAA, meaning the organization must stop using Baylor’s name and logo within 90 days.
BAA President-elect Si Ragsdale declined to comment on the conference call Saturday.
The beginning of the call included all BAA members who wished to participate. Cox said about 60 people joined the call. Board members then had a separate discussion among themselves that was not open to those not in leadership positions.
‘Fight for the survival’
Bette McCall Miller, a non-board member and vocal opponent of the transition agreement, participated in the first part of the conference call. She said a few members called on leaders who “do not want to fight for the survival of the BAA to make room for leaders who do want to wage that fight.”
Miller said she and some other participants in the conference call also expressed a desire to keep using the Baylor name and wait for the university to sue. She said she thinks legal action by Baylor would not be successful because of a 1993 agreement that gives the association perpetual license to use the names Baylor Alumni Association and Baylor Line.
“We think Baylor should honor its contracts,” Miller said. “My thought and the thoughts of several people who are unfortunately not in leadership positions right now is we should go about business as usual.”
For now, the BAA is using the Baylor brand and working out of its offices at Clifton Robinson Tower, Cox said.
“We still have a staff and a board and membership, so we’ll keep talking about what to do next,” Cox said. “But we’re not going to announce what’s going to happen long-term, or even medium-term.”
Cox said the BAA plans to meet “within a few weeks” in Waco, and will have more conversations between now and then.