Allison and Livingstone


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Top Baylor University officials will travel the country this spring for some face time with alumni and friends of the world’s largest Baptist university.

Baylor President Linda Livingstone and board of regents Chairman Joel Allison, who both started their roles June 1, are looking to spread their message during a time of transition for the school. The two were tasked with leading the recovery from a sexual assault scandal and planting a vision for Baylor as a tier-one research university.

“The events reinforce the commitment of the board and President Livingstone of open communication as they work to unify the Baylor family behind a common vision and path for the university,” Baylor spokesman Jason Cook said.

Allison came up with the idea for the conversation series, Cook said.

Interim Provost Michael McLendon will attend the events as available.

The series will run between January and May, but exact dates have not been finalized, Cook said. Texas locations include Houston, Dallas and Austin.

Other cities, chosen for their populations of alumni, university supporters and parents of current students, include San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, Nashville, Denver, New York, Atlanta, Phoenix and Chicago.

Livingstone, Allison and McLendon held a conversation for faculty and staff Nov. 9, and a video of the event is posted on the Baylor website. A similar event was hosted for the Waco community this week.

Phillip has covered higher education for the Tribune-Herald since November 2015.

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