Baylor University names new interim provost - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

Baylor University names new interim provost

(Source: Baylor University) (Source: Baylor University)
WACO, TX (KXXV) -

Baylor has named Michael K. McLendon, Ph.D., as the university's interim provost.

McLendon earned a B.A. in political science from Baylor in 1991. He continued his studies, earning an M.S. in higher education from Florida State University and his Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan.

McLendon has held the position of dean of Baylor’s School of Education since July 2015, as well as a faculty appointment as the Fred and Edith Hale Endowed Professor in Higher Education Leadership and Policy.

“I am thrilled and humbled by President Livingstone’s invitation to serve as interim provost at this time of new beginnings in the life of the University we cherish,” McLendon said. “My experience as an undergraduate at Baylor transformed my life, putting my feet on a path toward the study of and service to universities. Some 30 years later, I’m honored to partner with President Livingstone and her senior leadership team in cultivating an environment at Baylor that supports our continued progress toward being a top-tier research institution and one that promotes academic excellence and faith development at the highest levels.”

Before joining the Baylor faculty, McLendon held the Harold and Annette Simmons Endowed Centennial Chair and served as the academic associate dean at Southern Methodist University’s Simmons School of Education and Human Development. His career also includes time as the executive associate dean, undergraduate dean and chief of staff at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development. At Vanderbilt, McLendon taught public policy and higher education for 13 years.

“We are blessed to have such a noted higher education scholar on the Baylor campus who can immediately step in and serve the University as interim provost during this important time of transition,” Baylor University President Linda A. Livingstone said. “Dr. McLendon fully understands the role of the provost, as his scholarly work has focused extensively on postsecondary governance, finance and policy. His knowledge of and familiarity with Baylor, as an undergraduate and Dean, are certainly an added benefit.”

McLendon will start his new position on July 1.

Copyright 2017 KXXV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Trump returns to 'Witch Hunt' tweets against Mueller probe

    Trump returns to 'Witch Hunt' tweets against Mueller probe

    Monday, July 23 2018 2:25 AM EDT2018-07-23 06:25:08 GMT
    Monday, July 23 2018 11:11 AM EDT2018-07-23 15:11:49 GMT
    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 22, 2018, en route to Washington after staying at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster). President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One at Morristown Municipal Airport, in Morristown, N.J., Sunday, July 22, 2018, en route to Washington after staying at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J.

    President Donald Trump has returned to referring to "a big hoax" after a week of drama, back tracking and a double negative about his attitude toward Russian election interference.

    More >>

    President Donald Trump has returned to referring to "a big hoax" after a week of drama, back tracking and a double negative about his attitude toward Russian election interference.

    More >>
  • White House blames Iran for war of words with Trump

    White House blames Iran for war of words with Trump

    Monday, July 23 2018 12:35 AM EDT2018-07-23 04:35:01 GMT
    Monday, July 23 2018 11:11 AM EDT2018-07-23 15:11:37 GMT
    President Donald Trump issued an all-caps warning via Twitter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani overnight. (Source: CNN)President Donald Trump issued an all-caps warning via Twitter to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani overnight. (Source: CNN)

    Trump has a history of firing off heated tweets that seem to quickly escalate long-standing disputes with leaders of nations at odds with the U.S.

    More >>

    Trump has a history of firing off heated tweets that seem to quickly escalate long-standing disputes with leaders of nations at odds with the U.S.

    More >>
  • Zuckerberg's Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

    Zuckerberg's Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 6:08 PM EDT2018-07-18 22:08:46 GMT
    Monday, July 23 2018 10:51 AM EDT2018-07-23 14:51:44 GMT
    Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn't believe Holocaust denial content should be banned from Facebook. (Source: CNN)Mark Zuckerberg says he doesn't believe Holocaust denial content should be banned from Facebook. (Source: CNN)

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that while he finds Holocaust denial "deeply offensive," he doesn't believe that such content should be banned from Facebook.

    More >>

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says that while he finds Holocaust denial "deeply offensive," he doesn't believe that such content should be banned from Facebook.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly