Linda Livingstone

Baylor University President Linda Livingstone, pictured here in September, said her academic and strategic plan will be presented to the board of regents for approval in May.

Staff photo — Rod Aydelotte, file

Baylor University President Linda Livingstone’s academic and strategic plan, still in its development stages, was well-received by the school’s board of regents this week, Chairman Joel Allison said Friday after the board’s quarterly meeting.

Livingstone, more than eight months into her time as president, has highlighted expansion of Baylor’s research goals and a renewed emphasis on undergraduate teaching as tenets of the plan, which is likely to be approved by regents in May.

“It was a great two and a half days because I really felt like the board was very engaged — a lot of good discussion and making sure we understand how (the plan) aligns with the mission of the university,” Allison said in a press conference. “I couldn’t be more pleased with where we are now. And then looking forward to May, there’s more work to be done taking back comments and input.”

Livingstone and interim Provost Michael McLendon will host listening sessions in the coming months focusing on the plan.

A formal fundraising plan will also be finalized in May. Livingstone said Baylor must grow its $1.3 billion endowment in order to achieve the plan’s academic goals and, one day, propel the university to tier-one research status, as defined by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

“We will probably put a much more significant emphasis on endowment than we have in the past because of the significance it will play in supporting the academic strategic plan in the long run,” Livingstone said.

Livingstone said Baylor will have a permanent provost in place before August. Members of a 23-member search committee were announced last month.

“We feel good about it,” she said. “We feel like we’re building a strong pool. The committee is a wonderful committee that’s very representative across campus.”

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

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