Special message from the Board of Regents

March 27, 2020

Dear Baylor Faculty and Staff,

As our state and nation respond to the public health crisis created by the global spread of coronavirus, Baylor University has been confronted by many unprecedented circumstances and, accordingly, has taken many equally unprecedented actions in response.

Earlier this week you heard from President Livingstone regarding steps the University is taking to strengthen the continuity of our business operations and position the University for future recovery. Today, as chair of Baylor’s governing board and speaking on behalf of my fellow regents, who are listed below, I would like to add my encouragement that together we will persevere through this time of challenge as a united, strong, and compassionate community.

We are aware of the extraordinary efforts you have made, and are continuing to make on a daily basis, to ensure the success of our students. We are extremely grateful. You have always put Baylor students first. As members of our faculty and staff, you are the backbone of Baylor University, and I want you to know that your welfare remains at the center of our concerns as a governing board.

During this time of uncertainty, we all find ourselves on a steep learning curve on many fronts. However, I can assure you that the members of the Board are tracking and evaluating the latest developments across U.S. higher education, and we couldn’t be prouder of how our University leadership, faculty and staff have responded during these challenging times.

Every day I see clear evidence of how the Baylor community has risen to the challenges set before us. The members of the Board of Regents know the profound impact you are having in the lives of Baylor students, serving as personal examples of leadership and integrity in a time of crisis and continuing your role as compassionate educators dedicated to Baylor’s academic mission. Thank you for your continued service to this University we love.


Jerry K. Clements
Chair, Baylor University Board of Regents

Members of the Baylor Board of Regents, 2019-2020
Jerry K. Clements, Chair
Melissa Purdy Mines, Vice Chair
Randolph “Randy” L. Pullin, Vice Chair
Drayton McLane, Jr., Chair, Regent Emeriti
Joel T. Allison
Miles Jay Allison
Kenneth “Ken” Q. Carlile
Jennifer Walker Elrod
Malcolm Foley
Sarah Gahm
Shelley Giglio
James Cary Gray
Larry P. Heard
Milton Hixson
Dan Hord III
Neal Jeffrey
Mark E. Lovvorn
Katie Jo Luningham
René Maciel
Jill Manning
Mark A. McCollum
Michael McFarland
William “Bill” E. Mearse
Alicia D.H. Monroe
Cassidy Parshall
Mark V. Petersen
Todd A. Reppert
C. Clifton Robinson
Mark Rountree
Manny Ruiz
Dusty Sanderson
William “Bill” S. Simon
David M. Slover
Kim Stevens
Julie Hermansen Turner
Randall A. Umstead
Dennis R. Wiles
Gordon Wilkerson
Gaynor I. Yancey