Baylor University President Ken Starr now also will serve as the university’s chancellor, a role that will give him greater responsibilities in promoting the Baylor brand and mission.
The university’s board of regents voted to extend Starr’s contract and appoint him to the additional post of chancellor, Baylor announced Monday.
Baylor has not had a chancellor since 2005, when Robert B. Sloan Jr. took on that post after stepping down as president. This will be the first time a Baylor president has concurrently held the chancellor post, Baylor spokeswoman Lori Fogleman said.
In increasing Starr’s role, the regents expect him to “seek creative ways to advance our university’s mission and influence by increasing Baylor’s standing on the national and international stage,” regent chairman Richard Willis said in a press release.
Starr’s original contract was set to expire in 2015. Fogleman did not know how many years will be added to the contract as part of the extension.
Willis was unavailable for comment.
It was not clear if Starr’s salary will be increased with the additional chancellor duties. Starr in 2012 received a base salary of $585,808, plus additional compensation worth $120,618, according to documents Baylor is required to file with the IRS.
Starr took over as president in June 2010 and has since guided Baylor to a number of fundraising successes, most notably about $120 million in donations toward the new $260 million on-campus football stadium on pace to open for the 2014 season.
Other major fundraising campaigns started under Starr’s tenure include a three-year, $100 million Presidential Scholarship Initiative that ended ahead of schedule in April, and a $100 million campaign for a new building for the Hankamer School of Business to be named the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business and Innovation.
Starr also has worked to advance Baylor’s goals of becoming a top-tier research institution, as outlined in the university’s new Pro Futuris strategic plan, by lobbying for regents support for new engineering graduate programs and funding for the Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative.
“By God’s grace, we will see the strengthening of Baylor’s influence in American higher education as all of us in Baylor Nation continue to labor together in unity of purpose,” Starr said in the release.
As part of the transition to absorbing the chancellor duties, Starr expanded the duties of his chief of staff, Karla Leeper, elevating her to the newly created role of vice president for board and executive affairs.