Baylor University inaugurates first female president in school's history

Posted at 5:42 PM, Oct 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-26 22:22:19-04

Baylor University officially inaugurated Dr. Linda Livingstone as the 15th President of the university.

Livingstone is the first female president in the university's history.

Dr. Livingstone was announced as president in April and started in June.

"I wanted to be apart of this distinct academic vision," Dr. Livingstone said at her inauguration.

Thousands of people attended the inauguration at the Ferrell Center Thursday afternoon. 

Dr. Livingstone worked at Baylor from 1991 to 2002 as a tenured faculty member. She then served for four years as associate dean of graduate programs for Baylor's Hankamer School of Business.

During her inauguration speech, Livingstone mentioned the sexual assault scandal that has surrounded the university.

"I was fully aware of the pain that you, the Baylor family, was experiencing due to incidents of interpersonal violence on our campus," Livingstone said.

She said she believes the university is in a stage of transition and is optimistic about Baylor's future.

"I accepted the call not in spite of recent institutional difficulties but because of them.  Every crisis is an opportunity to learn and rebuild," Livingstone said.

Dr. Livingstone was presented with the Baylor presidential regalia, which is a green robe with four chevrons on the sleeve. She was also presented with the Presidential Medallion and Chain of Office, which symbolizes her authority as president.

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