On the 174th anniversary of its founding, Baylor University today presented the Baylor Founders Medal to the City of Waco for its decades-long support of and partnership with the University.
The Founders Medal was established in 1969 to recognize those whose service and contributions have been unusually significant to the life and future of the University.
“Today is a special day in the life of Baylor as we celebrate Founders Day and the 174th anniversary of the University,” said Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone.
“From Baylor’s move to Waco in 1886 to the construction of both Waco Hall and McLane Stadium, the City of Waco has been an invaluable partner of the University and the Baylor Family, of which our highest honors are deserved. In honor of our partnership, it is our sincere joy to bestow the Founders Medal to the City in recognition of the history we share and in eager expectation of what awaits us together in the future.”
“It’s a great honor for the City of Waco to receive this award. I have looked at the previous recipients, and it’s quite an honor to be in that group,” said Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver.
“I think it speaks to the relationship that has developed and that is continuing to evolve between the City of Waco and Baylor University. As great as the projects are that Baylor and Waco have worked on so far, I think that the relationship will continue to deepen, and we will do things in the future that we can’t even imagine now.”
The University will publicly recognize the City and its partnership throughout the spring semester, including at athletic events, an upcoming Waco City Council meeting, the February Board of Regents meeting and a reception later this spring at Waco Hall, among other events.