Mediation talks between Baylor University and Baylor Alumni Association members ended Monday evening without a formal resolution announced about the future of the Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center on the Baylor University campus.
It was unclear whether further mediation would continue or if an agreement had been reached Monday.
Attorneys for the BAA, the university and Chicago-based alum Kurt Dorr gathered at an undisclosed location in hopes of reaching an agreement about the fate of the building, which Baylor planned to demolish this month as part of construction plans for the new on-campus football stadium.
Waco Attorney John Mabry, one of five lawyers for Dorr, declined to comment on the mediation, citing an order U.S. District Judge Walter Smith Jr. issued Friday barring the parties from discussing any of the negotiations.
“Mediation was conducted today as ordered by the court, and the next step is to report back to Judge (Walter) Smith,” Mabry said.
The Hughes-Dillard building long has served as the headquarters for the alumni association. The BAA membership is set to vote Sept. 7 on a proposed transition agreement that would turn over alumni outreach functions to Baylor except publishing of the Baylor Line magazine.
Dorr, who described himself in court documents as a lifetime member of the BAA, successfully obtained a temporary restraining order to delay the demolition and is pushing to postpone it until the Sept. 7 vote.
His attorneys have argued that both the agreement and the planned demolition violate contracts the association and Baylor entered into in the mid-1990s granting the organization perpetual use of the building and giving it the right to serve as Baylor’s official alumni association.
Baylor has said the Hughes-Dillard site is needed as part of a grassy plaza leading to a pedestrian bridge across the Brazos River connecting the campus to the football stadium on the opposite riverbank.
Mabry said he did not know whether the meeting with Smith would be a formal public hearing.