God sure had a different set of plans than we did. I originally intended for the Spring 2020 issue to be my last as dean of the Hankamer School of Business, but just as many of you have adapted to a new normal, my plans have also changed. Rather than my original plan of stepping down as dean this past summer, I will be serving as dean through the 2020/21 academic year—as our search process continues—and then retire from Baylor during the summer of 2021 as our new dean is hired and arrives on campus. I look forward to serving as dean this final year and to staying in touch with you either virtually or hopefully face-to-face as I wind down my time at Baylor. So… Sic ’em Bears!
We have a unique opportunity to grow from the adversity we all face today. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we can look at how others handle the uncertain times. For some, it may be identifying business opportunities to make it easier for consumers, while others utilize existing technologies in new and innovative ways.
This issue of the Baylor Business Review covers these opportunities within the finance world, highlighting a successful alumnus’ selfless service, a recent graduate’s journey of adapting to change and a current student’s experiences far from home. Faculty members continue to impact the industry with their research in financial technology, while student courses and organizations are preparing future leaders for the real world.
It has been a challenging year for Baylor, our country and the world, but we can stand strong knowing that God is in control. We at Hankamer are in a perfect position to lead through faith and knowledge, while simultaneously preparing students to one day do the same.
Terry S. Maness
Dean, Hankamer School of Business