A 12-member committee has started a national search for Baylor University’s 15th president, board of regents Chairman Ron Murff said Thursday.
Baylor alumnus Bob Brewton, president and principal owner of Brewton Investment Corp., leads the group. Andrea Dixon, an associate marketing professor and executive director of Baylor’s Center for Professional Selling, serves as vice chair, according to a press release.
Alumnus, donor and former regent Drayton McLane Jr., former owner of the Houston Astros, sits on the committee with three current regents: Robert Beauchamp, William Simon and Dennis Wiles.
There is no timeline set for the committee, Murff said.
“In a perfect world, we’d have somebody to be able to start next summer on June 1,” Murff said. “We want to make sure we get the right person, not necessarily within a certain time frame.”
The committee will work with an outside search firm to set priorities for candidates, Murff said.
“The committee will be the primary group to start that process and put together a profile working with the search firm,” he said. “So that’s to come and to be worked on.”
He also said the committee will decide whether to give updates on the process.
Former regent Kathy Wills Wright and former student regent Jonathan Siktberg are also on the committee, along with Vice President for Student Life Kevin Jackson, according to the press release.
Marjorie Ellis, executive director of Baylor’s Office of Career and Professional Development; Bill Neilson, associate dean of the honors college; and Richard Welday, a Baylor alumnus and president of AT&T Adworks, round out the committee.
Baylor’s 15th president will replace Ken Starr, who was fired in May amid the school’s sexual assault scandal.
Art Briles was fired as head football coach the same day, and Ian McCaw resigned as athletics director days later.
David Garland has served as interim president since June 1.