While the settlement between Baylor University and the Baylor Alumni Association is better than the previous transition agreement, that is not saying a lot.
By approving the settlement, the Baylor Alumni Association will help enable and perpetuate the heavy-handed tactics of the university to destroy the BAA’s essential function as an alumni association.
BAA members can help return Baylor University to some sadly missing accountability, integrity and morality in its dealings with individuals and organizations that get in the way of what it wants by voting “no” on the settlement. The $2 million will not last long. And with the name change and loss of the alumni association function backing up the BAA, what is left with the Baylor Line and scholarships may not be sustainable for long in a meaningful way.
Probably of greater importance than the BAA, however, is what this does to the heart and soul of Baylor University, which seems to have lost its way in a moral sense by bullying, bulldozing the Hughes-Dillard Alumni Center and buying off opposition. If the university had wanted to nullify the agreements with the BAA, it should have gone to court rather than bulldozing the center and taking over many of the BAA functions.
It is understandable that a lot of people would like to put this sad chapter behind us, but it should not come at the expense of enabling the university to act in a manner inconsistent with its moral heritage. Reference Esau’s sale of his birthright and the historic consequences that followed.