20 September 2007
Today’s Baylor Lariat (the student newspaper) has an amazing editorial:
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Editorial: Lilley’s two cents are missing
Sept. 20, 2007
Being Baylor’s president is not an easy job. Between managing a staff of professors and administrators and fundraising enough to finance Baylor 2012, President John Lilley has a lot on his plate.
But one of the most crucial roles a university president must play, especially during times of dispute, is to act as the face of the university. By virtue of his job description, Lilley is the voice of Baylor. Lately it seems he has laryngitis.
When Baylor was thrust into the national spotlight for shutting down distinguished professor Dr. Robert Marks’ intelligent design Web site, representatives from media relations answered questions, not Lilley.
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Even former president Robert B. Sloan Jr. is easier to get ahold of than Lilley. When The Lariat called the office of the Houston Baptist University president, we were patched right through.
However, when trying to reach our own president, we run into a string of red tape that media relations proudly declares is “the same treatment we give the New York Times.” This is nothing to brag about.
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In an article by the Baptist Press, former Baylor professor William Dembski infers that Lilley is the culprit behind the changes to Marks’ Web site due to his absence at the August meeting. If Lilley had only been there, Dembski couldn’t make such an argument. . . .