Baylor to Inaugurate New President Sept. 14-15
WACO, Texas -- The official inaugural ceremony and related inaugural activities for Baylor University President Robert B. Sloan Jr. will be held Sept. 14-15 on the Baylor campus.
Sloan, 46, became the 12th president of Baylor on June 1, succeeding Herbert H. Reynolds, who became chancellor.
The Baylor Board of Regents will host all inaugural events, including an inaugural concert at 8:30 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Mary Gibbs Jones Concert Hall, located in the Glennis McCrary Music Building.
The concert, which is open to the public, features the Baylor Symphony Orchestra, the Baylor Wind Ensemble, and the Baylor A Cappella and Concert Choirs, with a special performance by world-renowned pianist Krassimira Jordan, Baylor associate professor of music and Artist-in-Residence.
The inaugural events continue on Friday, Sept. 15, at 9 a.m. with an academic symposium in the Jesse H. Jones Theater of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center. The symposium, which also is open to the public, features four speakers who will discuss "University, Church, and Society: Traditions in Tension."
Symposium speakers include Dr. William D. Solomon, associate professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame; the Rev. Richard John Neuhaus, president of the Institute on Religion and Public Life in New York City; Dr. Gertrude Himmelfarb, professor emeritus of history at the graduate school of the City University of New York; and Dr. James W. McClendon Jr., Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence and professor at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif.
Inaugural events continue in the afternoon with a scheduled 1 p.m. performance by the Baylor University Golden Wave Band in Burleson Quadrangle. Beginning at 1:40 p.m., Sloan will lead a processional from Burleson Quadrangle to Waco Hall for the inaugural ceremony. The processional will include the presidential party, representatives of
other academic institutions and learned societies, Baylor faculty, and the Baylor regents -- all robed in academic regalia.
The inaugural ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. in Waco Hall. The ceremony will feature an inaugural address by Robert Reid, Baylor professor emeritus of history, and a response by Sloan. Open seating is available in Waco Hall, with overflow seating available with closed-circuit viewing, as needed.
Following the inaugural ceremony, an open reception will be held in Burleson Quadrangle. In case of inclement weather, the reception will be in the Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center.
For more information about inaugural events, call (817) 755-3810.