Baylor selects alum as new president

John M. Lilley inherits a campus in turmoil
After fits and starts, Baylor University’s search for a new president ended with the choice of Baylor alumnus John M. Lilley, 66, president of the University of Nevada, Reno, and previously president for 21 years at Penn State–Erie.

Lilley was elected November 3 by the regents at Baylor, the world’s largest Baptist-affiliated university with 14,000 students. He takes over January 2.

He inherits a campus in turmoil for more than two years and succeeds Robert Sloan, who stepped down to the chancellor post on May 31 under pressure from some regents and faculty.

Baylor law professor William Underwood has been serving as interim president—a tenure that has also not been without controversy. Several days after the Lilley choice was announced, Associated Baptist Press reported that Underwood was expected to be elected president of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, during the December 2 trustees meeting of that Baptist-related school.


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