Brian Nicholson

In this 2014 file photo, Brian Nicholson, Baylor’s vice president for facilities and operations, discusses progress on the construction of McLane Stadium. Nicholson is leaving the university to join a private consulting firm.

Staff photo — Jerry Larson, file

Brian Nicholson, Baylor University’s vice president for operations and facilities, will leave the position at the end of 2017, a university spokesman said Wednesday.

Nicholson, who started working at Baylor in September 2003, left on his own volition to work at a private consulting business, the spokesman said. He is the fourth senior official to leave a role in the administration since Linda Livingstone started as president June 1.

Provost and Executive Vice President L. Gregory Jones, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Reagan Ramsower and Vice President for Constituent Engagement Tommye Lou Davis have left or will soon leave their posts.

Nicholson was instrumental to the construction of McLane Stadium and the growth of the physical campus in recent years. He has also achieved industry recognition for his efforts to make Baylor’s buildings more environmentally friendly.

Baylor paid Nicholson $268,996 between June 1, 2015 and May 31, 2016, according to the most recent IRS report available.

He did not respond to an email on Wednesday afternoon.

In the wake of Ken Starr’s firing as president in May 2016 amid a sexual assault scandal, Nicholson was tasked with implementing a law firm’s recommendations related to compliance in the Baylor Police Department and strengthening Baylor’s community partnerships.

In April, Nicholson notified Baylor faculty and staff by email that the university faces a federal review of its campus crime reporting practices.

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

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