Baylor University Dedicates Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center

Ribbon-cutting officially opens spectacular “front door” to campus, honors gift from Hurd family.

Campaign Progress

As of October 31, 2023

Campaign Goals Overview

Endowed Funds

  • Faculty Chairs and Professorships
  • Endowed Scholarships
  • Endowed Funds for Growth Priorities

Expendable Funds

  • Immediate Needs
  • Baylor Fund
  • Bear Foundation
  • Global Learning Experiences

Capital Projects

  • Capital projects add needed capacity for academic growth.
Endowed Scholarships
Endowed Faculty Positions
Campaign Donors
Oct. 26, 2023
$2 Million Gift to Baylor University Establishes Medical Humanities Chair

WACO, Texas (Oct. 26, 2023) – Baylor University today announced a $2 million gift from Scott and Susan Orr of The Woodlands, Texas, establishing the Scott & Susan Orr Family Endowed Chair in Medical Humanities & Christian Faith to support teaching, mentorship and innovative research in the Medical Humanities Program within the College of Arts & Sciences.

Sep. 8, 2023
Baylor University Dedicates Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center

WACO, Texas (Sept. 8, 2023) – Baylor University today dedicated the Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center – the new front door to the University’s Waco campus – during a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house commemorating the spectacular building’s official opening. The dedication recognized the Hurd Welcome Center’s namesake and lead donors, Paula Hurd and her late husband, Mark Hurd, and their daughters, Kelly, B.B.A. ’14, and Kathryn.

Jun. 26, 2023
Faces of the Give Light Campaign

This fall, Baylor University will open the doors of the Mark & Paula Hurd Welcome Center, the newest addition to its growing Waco campus. Many spaces, rooms and balconies of this show-stopping building carry with them the names of the alumni, parents and friends whose generous support of the Give Light Capital Fund fueled the construction and design of the many capital priorities of the Give Light Campaign.

Jun. 8, 2023
Baylor University Announces $1.5 Million Gift Establishing First Endowed Chair at Nursing School

Baylor University today announced a $1.5 million gift establishing the first endowed chair position in the history of the Louise Herrington School of Nursing from the family of the School’s namesake, Louise Herrington Ornelas. The Louise Herrington Endowed Chair in Mental Health will support innovative research and teaching within the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, with a special focus on the areas of mental and behavioral health research, including the need for more mental health professionals.