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Baylor’s Provost Steps Down After Only One Year

Baylor University’s executive vice president and provost, L. Gregory Jones, is leaving after only one year in office, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.

Baylor has been embroiled in controversy over how it responded to reports of sexual assault on the Texas campus, and Mr. Jones was a part of its response to the issue, heading a task force on spiritual life and character cultivation. The provost took office last May, just 10 days before Baylor’s Board of Regents released findings that recognized the institution’s failure in responding to sexual assault.

“Susan and I have now discerned, though, that it would be best for us, and we believe also Baylor, to have a new beginning,” Mr. Jones said of his and his wife’s departure in a news release.

He previously was a senior fellow for leadership education and a theology professor at Duke Divinity School. Mr. Jones will return to Duke as a faculty member, with his resignation effective on June 30.

He is the second provost Baylor has lost in the past year and a half. The previous permanent provost, Edwin Trevathan, resigned after holding the post for less than eight months.

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