Baylor's Interim President and Provost Encourage Faculty and Staff

Interim President William D. Underwood, who took over the presidency on Wednesday, addressed more than 1,200 faculty and staff during a campus-wide meeting on June 2 on the Waco, TX.-campus.

Underwood was selected as an interim president to lead the school while it finds a permanent successor to Robert B. Sloan Jr - the past president and current chancellor of the university who architected the "Vision 2012" plan for Baylor.

The ambitiuos and costly 10-year "Vision" plan is a campaign to bring the world’s largest Baptist institution into the “top tier of American universities while reaffirming and deepening its distinctive Christian mission."

According to the Baylor news release, Underwood spoke about the difficulties of calling for the Baylor community to "come together see the value of the many great things happening on campus" during the meeting.

In addition to Underwood, the Baylor community was introduced to three interim administrators who will work with Underwood. The three are: interim Provost J. Randall O'Brien, Chief of Staff Professor Michael Morrison, and interim provost and vice president for academic affairs Dr. J. Randall O’Brien.