Nobody makes it to the top alone. Now, you don't even have to try. On Direct Line, join Baylor Line Magazine's Editor-in-chief, Jonathon Platt ('16, MA '19), for intimate and in-depth conversations with leaders in the Baylor Family and discover the secret sauce behind some of our most influential and important alumni. From CEOs and senators, to educators and activists, to pastors and pharmacists, get insights you need to succeed in life, lead with confidence, and continue the legacy for generations of Bears to come.
Jeff Smith Leads with Conviction
Jeff Smith joined HighGround Advisors (formerly Baptist Foundation of Texas) in 1990 and was named President and CEO in 2013. In his 32 years of celebrated service at HighGround, Jeff has utilized his legal education and expertise to help people make charitable gifts to Baptist organizations and institutions, building long-term and trusted relationships with institutions, their development staffs and donors.
This episode is a recording of Jeff's acceptance speech as a Distinguished Alumni for Baylor Line Foundation's Hall of Fame 2022. He is introduced by his friend, Dr. Gary Cook.
Michelle Andrews Smith is a Voice Worth Listening To
Michelle Andrews Smith is the chief of staff and the principal spokesperson for the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC. Since graduating from Baylor (‘90, MIJ ‘91), she has worked in various public sector roles to help government institutions communicate economic policy issues in a way that is clear, transparent, accountable, and accessible to a general audience. She has served as a senior adviser to three US Treasury Secretaries and four Chairs of the Federal Reserve.
Randy Grime's Life of Success, Struggle, and — Ultimately — Salvation
Randy Grimes is a former Baylor Hall of Fame and professional football player, Randy spent over 20 years battling an addiction to painkillers developed while treating sports-related injuries. He now uses his inspiring story of recovery and his more than 12 years in the addictions industry to help victims of drug and alcohol abuse.
This episode is a recording of Randy's acceptance speech as a Distinguished Alumni for Baylor Line Foundation's Hall of Fame 2022. He is introduced by his wife, Lydia Brady Grimes.
Melissa Rogers is an Unstoppable Force
Melissa Rogers is a nationally known expert on religion in American public life. Her areas of expertise include the United States Constitution’s religious liberty guarantees and the interplay of religion, law, policy, and politics. She currently serves as Visiting Professor at Wake Forest University School of Divinity and as a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, and has previously served as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama, Executive Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and as Chair of President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
The Magnificent Life and Legacy of David McHam
David McHam shaped students, departments, and the success of Texas journalism as a professor for 54 years at Baylor, SMU, University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of Houston. Because of his guidance, David’s students have gone on to lead, influence, and start world-changing news outlets and beyond.
This episode is a recording of David's acceptance speech as a Distinguished Alumni for Baylor Line Foundation's Hall of Fame 2022. He is introduce by his friend, Ella Wall Prichard.
Ella Wall Prichard on Facing Life Courageously
Ella Wall Prichard earned a BA from Baylor in 1963 with a major in history and a minor in journalism. She served as editor of The Lariat her senior year. Ella and her husband Lev, who passed away in 2009, lived in Corpus Christi, where she reared her family and served Baylor, her church, and her community in a myriad volunteer roles. She has served as a Baylor Regent, a member of the Baylor Alumni Association board, and in many other leadership roles. Her spiritual memoir of grief, Reclaiming Joy: A Primer for Widows, was published in 2018.
A great podcast
I'm happy the BLF team has taken the time to interview some noteworthy alumni and recorded their stories and experiences for all to enjoy, now and in the future. I look forward to future episodes!