Business school dean named Baylor University’s first female president


Linda Livingstone, the dean of the School of Business, was named Baylor University's next president Tuesday.

Linda Livingstone, the dean of the School of Business, has been named the next president of Baylor University, according to a University release Tuesday.

Livingstone was approved unanimously by Baylor University’s Board of Regents, according to a statement from Baylor. She will assume the role on June 1.

Livingstone, who has served as the business school’s dean since 2014, helped develop the school’s strategic plan which focused on taking advantage of the school’s D.C. location and expanding its international presence.

She helped create the Korean Management Institute, a program connecting business students with South Korean business leaders.

She also focused on helping women and minorities succeed in business, promoting several women to senior positions in the school.

Livingstone came to GW after her predecessor, Doug Guthrie was fired in 2013 for overspending the school’s budget by $13 million. She helped develop the school’s eight-year plan to pay back the money it owes the University.

The new position will mark Livingstone’s return to Baylor, where she previously taught as an assistant and associate professor before being named the associate dean for graduate programs in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business, according to the University release.

Before coming to GW, Livingstone was the dean of the Graziadio School of Business at Pepperdine University for more than a decade.

“It was an honor to be a part of the GW community, and I will carry it with me always,” she said in the release.

Provost Forrest Maltzman said in the release that an interim dean will be selected before a search for Livingstone’s replacement begins.

Livingstone will take the helm of a university still reeling from a sexual assault scandal. Baylor’s previous president, Ken Starr was fired last year after the university failed to report several sexual assault allegations against members of its football team.

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