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SOE Hosted 12th Annual Higher Education Conference [05/30/2019]


Baylor School of Education and the Department of Educational Leadership hosted the 12th annual Christian Higher Education Leadership Seminar on the Baylor campus May 19-22. The seminar is sponsored by the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities (IABCU) and is geared toward leaders of faith-based colleges and universities.

The 30 participants included faculty, deans, program heads, and future administrators in Christian institutions of higher education from across the country. Speakers at this year’s Seminar comprised university professors, chaplains, provosts, directors, deans, and academic scholars.

Dr. Rishi Sriram, associate professor of higher education and associate chair for the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership spoke at this year’s seminar and completed his third year as the conference’s director.

Conference director Dr. Rishi Sriram

“There are few opportunities for senior administrators at Christian higher education institutions to be a part of something that is meant to develop them professionally,” Sriram said. “The ultimate purpose of this seminar is to pour into these administrators who spend all year pouring into their campuses and colleagues. This is a chance to develop them and to pour into them so they can be fresh and rejuvenated with new ideas to take to their campuses to make our Christian institutions better.”

Dr. Jon Eckert, Baylor professor and Copple Chair in Christian School Leadership, spoke on how to drive Christian higher education forward in the future. He will begin his full-time position at Baylor in August.

“Christian higher education is something that is important to all of us,” Eckert said. “It’s so great meeting people and sharing this experience of serving the Lord through higher education.”

For a full list of speakers, visit the website of the Christian Higher Education Leadership Seminar: 2019 Speakers

For more photos of the conference, view the Facebook album: Christian Higher Education Leadership Seminar

By Cameron Bocanegra

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