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Taylor invested as 16th LU president


LU president Jaime Taylor delivers a speech at his investiture held Nov. 11 in the Montagne Center. UP photo.

Lamar University held a formal investiture ceremony for President Jaime Taylor, Nov. 11, in the Montagne Center.

Texas State University Chancellor Brian McCall, President Emeritus Jimmy Simmons, Texas Speaker of the House Dade Phelan, Beaumont councilman Audwin Samuels, and other university and TSUS administrators were present at the event.

McCall presented Taylor with the presidential robe which Taylor will now wear to formal events, such as convocation. Simmons presented Taylor with a medal and the presidential mace.

In his first speech after being formally invested as the 16th president of Lamar University, Taylor spoke about the university’s dedication to inclusion, diversity, and student engagement.

He also spoke about the Mary and John Gray Library renovation, a project that was started at the end of previous President Kenneth Evans’ tenure. Taylor said he envisions the library serving as an learning and research hub on campus.

A community celebration in the Setzer Student Center followed the investiture.

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Faculty, students and staff gather for the formal investiture of Jaime Taylor, Nov. 11, in the Montagne Center.


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