Baylor University President and Chancellor Ken Starr announced new staff appointments Thursday as part of the restructuring of his executive leadership team.
Longtime faculty member and administrator Tommye Lou Davis was named Starr’s chief of staff. Davis will take on those duties in addition to her role since 2010 as vice president of constituent engagement, which oversees Baylor’s Alumni Network and outreach programs.
Starr also named Juan Alejandro interim vice president of governance and risk and chief compliance officer. He will be in charge of managing and coordinating business between the university and the Board of Regents, as well as ensuring that Baylor remains in compliance with federally mandated policies and regulations.
Alejandro was previously director of internal audit and management at Baylor and has served as an adjunct professor for Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business.
Davis has held a number of roles at Baylor since joining the university in 1966, including serving as the associate dean of the Honors College and being named a Master Teacher and associate professor of Latin.
The new appointments are meant to absorb some of the duties of former Vice President Karla Leeper, who oversaw board relations and executive affairs and also was the university’s chief compliance officer. Leeper also served as Starr’s chief of staff beginning in 2010.
Leeper left Baylor this summer to become chief of staff to the president at Georgia Regents University in Augusta, Georgia.
Baylor will search for a permanent candidate for Alejandro’s position.
The university also is looking for a new executive vice president and provost to replace Elizabeth Davis, who became president of Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, last month.