As an alumna of Baylor University’s class of 1982, with three generations of my family holding Baylor degrees and deep, currently active Baptist roots, I’ve observed the Baylor Alumni Association for the better part of 30 years. The sad, self-serving progression of alums on both sides of the conflict has been an embarrassment. I sat at an event honoring 50-year graduates a few years ago and overheard vicious, rude, un-Christian commentary about graduates who were walking the stage to receive their 50-year golden diplomas.
These old-guard, stuck- in-the-past old men with no current realistic love for Baylor continued the hate-speak of “he’s a liberal at so-and-so’s church” or “she’s married to a fundamentalist preacher at that church.” I’ve also listened with great disappointment as local spokespersons with no active, local Baptist church connections have presumed to speak for me as an alum. Some of these men have no vision for my Baptist school, evangelism or any interest in the cause of Christ. It’s been heartbreaking.
So I was very thankful to read in Wednesday’s Tribune-Herald front-page story [“Association members to vote on handing over power to BU”] that the deal emerged from long conversations involving alumni association president Collin Cox and several BAA representatives and the BU administration.
Unlike a 2009 offer, Cox said this deal emerged from a dialogue and said that “the process was very long and deliberate.”
I look forward to an alumni group in the hands of genuine, thoughtful alums who are invested in solutions that are not selfish or outside of the basic mission of a Christian university.
Melodie Pollan Robison, McGregor
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It is disappointing to read about the disbanding of the Baylor Alumni Association.
It was the BAA that greeted me most warmly when I entered Baylor in the fall of 1966. When I received my degree in 1970, it was to me a given that I would join the BAA. I took them up on their offer to obtain a lifetime membership. The cost was, as I recall, the astronomical sum of $400, and I made $10 monthly payments from my little teacher’s salary until I was “paid in full.”
I love Baylor and I expect I always will. However, I think I have probably loved Baylor a little more because of BAA. It is always good for a great institution to have some objectivity about itself. The alumni association has been a source of objectivity for Baylor University, and it is a shame for that loving voice to be lost.
When I became a lifetime member of Baylor Alumni Association, I thought of my membership in terms of my lifetime. As it turns out, the association has a “lifetime” that now appears to be coming to a close.
Regardless, those of us who have long supported this wonderful organization, as it supported our university, will continue to support the university and will continue to offer our points of view on what happens at Baylor.
Barbara Sullivan, Waco