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Jan 25 2014
Update from BAA Board of Directors Meeting

Update from BAA Board of Directors Meeting

The Baylor Alumni Association board of directors met on January 25 in Waco, and Alumni were invited to voice their opinions about the future of the organization. During the meeting, directors discussed current issues facing the association. Click here to view the correspondence shared with the directors as reference materials for parts of the discussion. At the meeting, the board of directors unanimously approved the following recommendation from the  Executive Committee concerning the next steps for the BAA:

The appointment of a committee by the president to prepare proposed amendments to the constitution and bylaws to reflect the continued support of Baylor University through the publication of the Baylor Line, existing endowment funds, any other endowment funds that may be created by the Baylor Alumni Association in the future and other such support as the committee may deem appropriate.

Thank you again for your continued support. Please click  here to review the statement issued after the meeting.

George Cowden III

2013-14 President

Board of Directors

Baylor Alumni Association


Oct 18 2013
BAA Pregame Homecoming Reception on Saturday

BAA Pregame Homecoming Reception on Saturday

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The Baylor Alumni Association (BAA) will host a pregame Homecoming reception at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday for all alumni. The reception will be held under the BAA tent located at the corner of Dutton Avenue and Thirtieth Street, behind the George’s Restaurant tailgate area adjacent to Floyd Casey Stadium.

In lieu of the traditional Friday afternoon meeting and open house, the pregame reception will be an opportunity for alumni to meet and talk with BAA board members about next steps for the alumni association. The BAA will offer light refreshments at the reception.

“We thank our donors, alumni, and their families and friends for their strong support over the years at our Homecoming events,” said Chad Wooten, Chief Operating Officer of the BAA. “We look forward to communicating with Baylor alumni and rooting for the Bears during what is sure to be another exciting Homecoming game.”


Oct 8 2013
Survey shows members divided on direction of the BAA

Survey shows members divided on direction of the BAA

According to a survey e-mailed last week by the Baylor Alumni Association, members’ opinions vary as to the future direction of the organization.

Microsoft Word - BAA survey results, commentsThe informal survey identified three primary options for the BAA in the wake of the disapproval of the Transition Agreement on September 7. Sent to member e-mail addresses listed in the BAA database, the e-mail generated nearly 1,900 responses and 809 written comments.

The option receiving the most votes, 50.49 percent, read, “Seek to make organizational changes (dissolve and/or reestablish) to try to maintain control of the BAA’s endowment—possibly becoming a foundation that primarily provides scholarships to Baylor students from alumni families. The scope of the organization would be limited compared to the BAA’s historic role. Endowment earnings could fund scholarships, or if the BAA dissolves, funds could be dispersed to an existing nonprofit Christian organization providing or supporting higher education.”

The option garnering 30.14 percent of the vote read: “Seek to defend the BAA’s legal agreements and try to maintain the ‘Baylor’ name and the BAA’s historic role. This would likely lead to a lawsuit against Baylor University and could require significant expenditures from the BAA’s endowment.”

The third option, which received 19.37 percent of the vote, read: “Change the ‘Baylor Alumni Association’ name and seek to maintain the BAA’s previous roles (alumni relations and communications) while operating wholly outside of Baylor. This would mean starting from scratch and ‘re-branding’ the BAA—creating new publications, programs, websites, and social media outlets.”

The alumni association’s Board of Directors met in Waco on Saturday, October 5 for its regular fall meeting, and will continue to meet through the fall to decide on the organization’s next steps. —Lisa Asher


Sep 7 2013
Transition Agreement fails to garner super majority

Transition Agreement fails to garner super majority

The members of the Baylor Alumni Association (BAA) voted today not to approve the Transition Agreement between the BAA and Baylor University with a vote of 830 in favor of the agreement and 668 voting “no,” representing a “yes” vote of 55 percent. A two-thirds approval of members present was required to pass the measure.

The Baylor Alumni Association has released the following statement from Board of Directors president Collin Cox ’97:

    “The vote today by the membership of the Baylor Alumni Association (BAA) not to approve the Transition Agreement between the BAA and Baylor University means uncertain times ahead for the BAA. We are disappointed that the compromise represented by the Transition Agreement did not garner sufficient votes to be implemented. This may mean the loss of permission to use the Baylor name. But we respect our members’ decision.

    Despite the outcome, we want to express our sincere gratitude for the selfless service of so many loyal members of the Baylor family. We also are grateful that almost 1,500 voters came to express their opinions. The BAA board of directors will be meeting in the coming days to determine what options are available to us.”


Sep 6 2013
Baylor Board of Regents unanimously approve new BLC License Agreement

Baylor Board of Regents unanimously approve new BLC License Agreement

The Baylor Board of Regents unanimously approved the new License Agreement for the Baylor Line Corporation (BLC) in a special meeting today (Friday). The BLC will be created if the Transition Agreement receives a two-thirds approval in tomorrow’s September 7 vote by the members of the Baylor Alumni Association (BAA). BAA members must vote in person at the meeting in Waco Hall.

“This is a welcome development,” BAA board president Collin Cox ’97 said of the license approval by the regents. “I believe it is another very positive step forward as we turn the page and enter a new chapter of cooperative alumni relations with the university.”

The BLC License Agreement provides editorial independence and access to university news sources for the Baylor Line magazine. All BAA memberships will be converted to subscriptions in the new BLC, and life members will have a lifetime subscription.

The BLC will be an independently chartered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose function will be to publish the Baylor Line magazine and accompanying online news.

The BLC will be created only if BAA members present vote in favor by a two-thirds vote to approve the Transition Agreement. A special called meeting of the BAA membership will be Saturday, September 7, at 11 a.m. in Waco Hall for the purpose of voting on the Transition Agreement, which would dissolve the BAA and create a the Baylor Line Corporation, among other provisions.

BAA members must be present to vote, according to provisions in the BAA bylaws.

The voting begins at 11:30 a.m., preceded by a discussion forum and period of debate. Members can read the Transition Agreement documents online here: Transition Agreement documents.

For the latest Transition news, “like” the BAA on Facebook and follow the BAA on Twitter @BaylorAlumAssoc.

Schedule for Saturday, September 7:

  • 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Member verification / In front of Waco Hall
  • 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Discussion Forum / Waco Hall
  • 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Voting Meeting Debate portion / Waco Hall
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.* Polls Open / Waco Hall Lobby

*Members may “drop in” to vote during this time without attending other events. Everyone who is in the member verification line by 1:30 p.m. will be
allowed to vote, if eligible.


Sep 5 2013
BAA board votes “yes” after reviewing new license for Baylor Line

BAA board votes “yes” after reviewing new license for Baylor Line

In a meeting Tuesday, members of the Baylor Alumni Association board of directors voted 28-7 to support the proposed Transition Agreement, which is up for a member vote on Saturday, September 7.

Before the vote, board members received a copy of the license agreement between the university and the Baylor Line Corporation (BLC), which will be created if the Transition Agreement is approved by two-thirds of BAA members who vote in person on Saturday.

The BLC license agreement, available ONLINE HERE with supporting documents, has now been signed by Baylor Board of Regents chair Richard Willis and Baylor president Ken Starr, pending approval of the full Baylor Board of Regents at a Friday meeting.

BAA board president Collin Cox ’97 pointed out several strengths of the new agreement for the Baylor Line:

  • The magazine will be published by a fully independent 501(c)3 nonprofit entity, the Baylor Line Corporation, chartered under Texas state law—not chartered by Baylor University.
  • The agreement provides for editorial independence—more independence than the Line currently enjoys.
  • The agreement allows Line staff members the same access to university news sources as enjoyed by other university publications.

Cox also said the new license agreement is based on principles of academic freedom, a concept which is mentioned throughout.

The BLC license agreement was developed with input from a Journalism Advisory Group (JAG) of Baylor graduates and supporters with decades of experience in newspapers and magazines. The group, convened by BAA board member Ella Wall Prichard ’63, worked with Mike Bourland ’66, JD ’69, attorney for the BAA, to make recommendations for the BLC license agreement to ensure editorial independence and access to Baylor officials.

At the time of the BAA board’s vote on Tuesday, there were thirty-nine eligible voters on the conference call, and thirty-five voted. Thirteen members were absent. Eighty percent of those who cast a vote supported the agreement.

A special called meeting of the BAA membership will be Saturday, September 7, at 11 a.m. in Waco Hall for the purpose of voting on the approval of the Transition Agreement, which would dissolve the BAA and create a new entity, the Baylor Line Corporation, among other provisions.

BAA members must be present to vote, according to provisions in the BAA bylaws. The voting begins at 11:30 a.m., preceded by a discussion forum and period of debate. Members can read the Transition Agreement documents, along with news and editorials, at BaylorAlumniAssociation.com/TransitionAgreement.

For the latest Transition news, “like” the BAA on Facebook and follow the BAA on Twitter @BaylorAlumAssoc.

Schedule for Saturday, September 7:
8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.              Member Verification / In front of Waco Hall
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.     Discussion Forum / Waco Hall
11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.           Voting Meeting: Debate Portion / Waco Hall
*11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.     Polls Open / Waco Hall Lobby
*Members may “drop in” to vote during this time without attending other events. Everyone who is in the member verification line by 1:30 p.m. will be allowed to vote, if eligible.


Sep 5 2013
Press Release from BAA Leadership

Press Release from BAA Leadership

New contract offers access, accountability and cooperation
BAA Board votes to secure future for The Baylor Line; accedes other alumni activities to university; Saturday vote scheduled for membership

(Waco, September 5, 2013) — Preparations are underway for a vote Saturday that could end a ten-year battle that has been waged between Baylor University and the Baylor Alumni Association. A positive vote would assure, for 10 years and a renewable term, the continuance of The Baylor Line, BAA’s acclaimed magazine publication that has been the organization’s primary communications vehicle to its 17,000 members. Under the pact, BAA would accede all other traditional alumni association activities such as networking events, seminars, awards and conferences to the Baylor Alumni Network.

Since the early 2000s, the relationship between the university and the 17,000 member association has been described as tense, and some would say hostile. Negotiations have been ongoing for months to re-establish a relationship that safeguards an independent alumni voice through the BAA magazine, The Baylor Line.

“I hope that our membership can shelve emotions about how this dispute started and the resulting consequences to our organization,” said Collin Cox, president of BAA. “There is one undeniable truth in this debate: We are stronger together than we are separate.”

The vote Saturday will ask members to approve the so-called Transition Agreement and the Trademark License Agreement. These documents:
•    Create a new, independent Baylor Line Corporation that will continue to publish what has been BAA’s signature publication and its primary outreach to alumni
•    Establish an autonomous governing body for the magazine
•    Assure the rights to use university trademarks for The Baylor Line
•    Establish the right of the publication’s reporters and editors to have access to faculty, administrators and other university executives.  The accessibility will be equivalent to the rights of others representing university publications
•    Ensure that the newly-formed Baylor Line Corporation will have office space for its headquarters on campus

Most of the negotiations this summer focused on activities, oversight and ethical guidelines for The Baylor Line. BAA Board Member Ella Prichard of Corpus Christi organized a panel of Baylor graduates with distinguished journalism careers. The Journalism Advisory Group (JAG) provided key recommendations, best practices research on university publications as well as new updated media ethical and editorial guidelines.

The accord with the university includes publishing principles from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), for alumni publications and communications.  It also outlines Editorial and Ethical Guidelines for The Baylor Line.  Such tenets are imperatives for news and publishing organizations.

Cox said current BAA members are expected to be granted subscriptions to Baylor Line Corporation publications, including The Baylor Line. In addition, BAA will conduct donor surveys to determine the future use of BAA funds. He also noted that thousands of hours have been contributed during the negotiations and documentation of the License Agreement and the Transition Agreement.

“We have worked relentlessly to provide security for The Baylor Line and its campus voice,” said Cox. “With a ‘yes’ vote, it will remain a fiercely independent platform.”

Cox urged Baylor alumni to attend Saturday’s meeting and to review the documents at:   http://www.baylorline.com/blog/2013/07/10/transition-legal-documents

The membership meeting will be held Saturday, September 7, at Waco Hall.  Registration and membership verification, including presentation of photo identification, begins at 8:00 AM.  Only current voting BAA members can cast ballots, and they must be present at Waco Hall to vote. Details on the vote can be found at: http://www.baylorline.com/blog/2013/07/07/voting-information


Sep 3 2013
Baylor Alumni Association posts membership list online

Baylor Alumni Association posts membership list online

The Baylor Alumni Association (BAA) has posted the membership list online so that people can check membership status before the vote on Saturday, September 7. Members of the BAA will vote on Saturday at an 11 a.m. meeting in Waco Hall on the proposed Transition Agreement with the university.

Only current BAA members can vote, and members must be present to vote. All members will be verified on Saturday by presenting a photo ID.

The published membership list includes first name, middle initial, last name, and city of residence. If you are unsure about your status after viewing the list, please e-mail Tessa@BaylorAlumniAssociation.com or Beth@BaylorAlumniAssociation.com or call 1-254-710-1121 or 1-888-710-1859.

For more information about voting eligibility, check out the Voting Information page on the Transition Agreement website.

All BAA memberships—both annual and life—include spouses, whether spouses are Baylor graduates or not. If you are planning to attend and vote on Saturday and your spouse is not on the published list, please e-mail your spouse’s name to Tessa or Beth by noon on Thursday, September 5, if possible. Spouses can also be verified on Saturday with proper ID.

“The membership list is frozen for voting purposes, but we’d like to clear up any clerical discrepancies before Saturday,” said Beth Wooten, the BAA’s assistant vice president of membership and marketing. “If we can answer any questions in advance of the meeting, it will help things move more smoothly on Saturday.”

Members can also read the official Transition Agreement documents, along with news and editorials on the website.

For the latest Transition news, “like” the BAA on Facebook and follow the BAA on Twitter @BaylorAlumAssoc.

Schedule for Saturday, September 7:

  • 8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.                  Member verification / In front of Waco Hall
  • 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.        Discussion Forum / Waco Hall
  • 11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.              Voting Meeting Debate portion / Waco Hall
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.*        Polls Open / Waco Hall Lobby

*Members may “drop in” to vote during this time without attending other events.

Everyone who is in the member verification line by 1:30 p.m. will be allowed to vote, if eligible.


Sep 2 2013
BAA to host second all-member conference call on Sept 5

BAA to host second all-member conference call on Sept 5

The Baylor Alumni Association will host its second all-member conference call on Thursday, September 5, at noon CDT, to update members and answer questions about the Transition Agreement, which is scheduled for a vote in Waco on September 7.

To participate in the meeting, members may call 1-800-230-1766. Hold music will play until a live operator begins the call.

Members may also send questions in advance of the meeting by e-mail. E-mail questions need to be submitted by 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

BAA Board of Directors president Collin Cox ’97 will answer members’ questions and provide an update on the Transition Agreement.

Members can read the Transition Agreement documents, along with news and editorials about the Transition Agreement, at BaylorAlumniAssociation.com/TransitionAgreement.

For the latest Transition news, “like” the BAA on Facebook and follow the BAA on Twitter @BaylorAlumAssoc.


Aug 30 2013
BAA Board adopts standing rules for September 7 meeting

BAA Board adopts standing rules for September 7 meeting

The Baylor Alumni Association board of directors has adopted standing rules for the September 7 all-member meeting to vote on the proposed Transition Agreement and for the preceding discussion forum. The voting meeting will begin at 11 a.m. in Waco Hall, and the discussion forum—also in Waco Hall—will be from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

For a summary of eligibility requirements and voting procedures, visit our Voting Information page. Procedural documents for the September 7 meeting can also found on our website: standing rules for the voting meeting and rules for the discussion forum.

On September 7, the BAA will begin verifying memberships at 8 a.m. outside Waco Hall. A photo ID for each member is required to verify membership.

Voting will be by paper ballot, and polls will open after a brief period of debate during the 11 a.m. meeting. Members may then cast ballots between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Waco Hall lobby.

Verification will continue during the discussion forum meeting and up until the polls close. Everyone who is in line to be verified at 1:30 p.m. will be checked and allowed to vote if their membership is current.

“The member verification process is critical,” the BAA’s assistant vice president of membership and marketing Beth Wooten said. “We will be deliberate and will handle the process with utmost care. We don’t know how many people will be there, but we have planned for a large crowd.”

Members can check their membership status in advance by e-mailing Tessa@BaylorAlumniAssociation.com, but they will still need to check in on September 7 to show a photo ID and receive a voter registration card, which they will then exchange for a ballot when voting begins.

Members can read the Transition Agreement documents, along with news and editorials, at BaylorAlumniAssociation.com/TransitionAgreement.

For the latest Transition news, “like” the BAA on Facebook and follow the BAA on Twitter @BaylorAlumAssoc.  —Meg Cullar


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