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Baylor Alumni Association votes no on new agreement


After much debate and weeks of negotiations the Baylor Alumni Association voted not to adopt the new transition agreement Saturday, even though it won the majority of votes.

Members were asked to vote yes or no on a transition agreement to dissolve the BAA.

Much of the controversy surrounds transferring all alumni outreach to the university and creating a Baylor Line Corporation that would take over the publication of the independent alumni magazine.

1,500 ballots were cast but the BAA fell short of the needed two-thirds to approve the new agreement. 830 members voted "yes" compared to 668 "no" votes. One ballot was disqualified.

Baylor alum and BAA member John Ginn explains why he voted yes.

"I don't think we need an independent voice. I think Baylor leadership speaks for all of us," says Ginn. 

But Stanley Young doesn't agree. He says the BAA needs to have an independent voice.

"The university has set out over the last 10-15 years to suppress the alumni association and do everything they can to destroy the organization. We have a vested interest as alumni in the directions of the university," says young.

Before members were allowed to vote, they had to get their membership verified and their hand stamped. Then they were given this yellow ballot. Two-thirds of the vote was needed in order to decide yes or no on the new transition agreement.

Tension was high on both sides during the debate prior the vote.

"I think emotions are high on the alumni side because the alumni association has been around for more than 150 years. There are a lot of people who have invested their time, their effort and their money," says BAA Board member Marie Brown.

Members who supported the agreement called it a step forward.

BAA member Jacquelyn Cox says "I believe it's really the best path forward for alumni."

"We have seen Baylor going to new heights academically, athletically in every possible area under the current leadership to place we never thought possible," says Ginn. 

Others said while they want progress too, they weren't comfortable with the proposed changes.    

"All of our alumni have a deep love for Baylor and we really want to see Baylor go forward but we feel like we want to preserve a place for alumni for the future to have a place at the table and to be a voice," says Young.

Despite which way they voted, all of the alumni showed their school pride.

"I'm first, always and last a Baylor Bear and I think that's the attitude that we need to have," says Ginn.

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