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Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D.

Baylor University

Dr. Linda A. Livingstone began her tenure as Baylor University’s 15th president on June 1, 2017. A distinguished scholar and academic leader, she previously served as dean and professor of management at The George Washington University School of Business from 2014 to 2017 and as dean of Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management from 2002 to 2014. Dr. Livingstone’s presidency marks her return to Baylor after time on the Waco campus from 1991 to 2002. She served as a faculty member and was awarded tenure in the Department of Management before serving four years as associate dean of graduate programs for the Hankamer School of Business. A strong voice for the role of faith-based institutions in American higher education, Dr. Livingstone has established herself as a scholar in organizational behavior, leadership, and creativity with deep expertise in university accreditation.

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Baylor University’s path to research excellence

When I returned to Baylor University in 2017 to begin serving as president, after having been away from Texas in leadership roles at other universities for 15 years, I was impressed to find that Baylor had grown and developed in remarkable ways while still maintaining its heart and soul as an unambiguously Christian university. Today, after more than a year as president, I believe Baylor’s increasingly national reputation for excellence in teaching and research, combined with our strong Christian commitment places us in a distinctive and promising position within American higher education.