Baylor University President Robert Sloan will step down June 1, ending one of the stormiest periods in the school’s 160-year history. Admitting he was a “lightning rod” while pushing for ambitious growth at the Waco, Texas, campus, Sloan said he willingly accepted the post of chancellor.
Baylor’s board of regents, which supported Sloan’s transition from the top executive post in a conference call January 20, ratified the decision at its February 3-4 meeting and outlined the search for a new president.
Sloan’s future at Baylor had been a topic of debate—and at least three votes among the regents—during recent years. But Sloan and the regents reached their decision “by mutual agreement,” said Will Davis, board chairman, at a news conference on January 21.