Baylor regents approve budget. Baylor University’s regents at their spring meeting approved a $366 million operating budget for 2008-2009. The budget, which takes effect June 1, reflects an increase of $21.1 million or 6.1 percent over the budget adopted by Baylor regents last year. In other board action, regents elected Howie Batson, pastor of First Baptist Church in Amarillo, to a one-year term as chair. He will succeed Harold Cunningham of Crawford, effective June 1. Donell Teaff of Waco was elected vice chair. Five regents were re-elected to three-year terms: Stan Allcorn of Abilene, Cunningham, Stephen Carmack of Hinton, Okla., Ramiro Peña Jr. of Waco and Dary Stone of Dallas.
Baylor alumni honor Pinson, Vestal. The Baylor Alumni Association presented the George W. Truett Distinguished Church Service Award to Bill Pinson, executive director emeritus of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and Daniel Vestal, coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, during spring commencement exercises at Baylor University. More than 1,900 graduates received diplomas at Baylor’s commencement exercises—a record number for the university.
Baylor Health Care receives national awards. Baylor Health Care System was named winner of the 2008 National Quality Forum Healthcare Award. The award recognizes exemplary healthcare organizations that are role models for achieving meaningful, sustainable quality improvement in healthcare delivery. Five hospitals in the Baylor Health Care System also received leadership awards for clinical excellence and superior safety from VHA, a national healthcare alliance. The hospitals were honored for meeting or exceeding national performance standards in specific areas from the third quarter of 2006 to the second quarter of 2007. Clinical excellence honorees were Baylor’s Jack and Jane Hamilton Heart and Vascular Hospital for the treatment of congestive heart failure and prevention of surgical complications and Baylor Medical Center at Garland and Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie for the prevention of surgical complications. Superior safety awards went to Baylor Specialty Hospital and Our Children’s House at Baylor for the prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia.
Hardin-Simmons selects consultants for search. Hardin-Simmons University has engaged an executive search firm from Atlanta to help find a successor for Craig Turner, who steps down as HSU president May 31. Jon McRae and Associates will serve as consultants to Hardin-Simmons’ presidential search committee and search advisory committee. Nominations can be sent to Jon McRae & Associates, Inc., 3333 Riverwood Parkway, Suite 310, Atlanta, Ga. 30339; firstname.lastname@example.org; (770) 272-9040.
Foundation funds research on clergy sex abuse. The Ford Foundation gave a $200,000 grant to Baylor University and its School of Social Work to conduct the first national research on clergy sexual abuse of adults. Diana Garland, dean of the Baylor School of Social Work, previously had received $31,000 combined funding for this project from the Baptist General Convention of Texas and the JES Edwards Foundation of Fort Worth.