By Camille Cox | Editor-in-chief
Baylor has announced a new faculty chair position, offered by Jim and Tammy Snee, to address food security through research.
According to a press release from Baylor, the Snees donated $ 1 million towards the implementation of the new chair, claiming the 14th chair of the Baylor Academic Challenge in the Give Light campaign.
Jeremy Everett, founder and executive director of Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, said he believes the gift will help them achieve their goals.
“This gift, this chair, catapults us to become one of the main research institutions in the country to address the problems of hunger and poverty and will allow us to recruit the best food security researcher in the country to participate in our research. team, ”Everett said. “We couldn’t have done it without this gift, so this is a big step for us as a collaboration and a big step towards achieving our research one / level one goals. “
Illuminate, Baylor’s University Strategic Plan for 2018-2022, focuses on five initiatives, with the new Chair in Food Safety falling under “Human, Thriving and Ethical Research”.
According to the Baylor press release, “Jim Snee is Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Hormel Foods, a branded global food company.” Tammy Snee has worked as a registered nurse for over 20 years. Together they have found a passion for food safety and believe in Baylor’s academic mission.
“The Snee family is an amazing family, and they’ve worked in the food business their entire careers, so they really make the impact that food can have on the health and well-being of a community,” Everett said. . “They have become big fans of what is going on at Baylor being a Christian university that wants to achieve high levels of research.”
Greg Davis, associate vice president for development, said he believes the Jim and Tammy Snee family’s new chair in food security will create positive awareness on campus as well as through global research.
“This is the last corresponding chair in this initial creation of the Baylor Academic Challenge, and it is important because it provides the opportunity to present an important researcher in the field of food safety research,” said Davis. “The Snee family were excited about the opportunity and the possibility and, with the matching funds, decided it was the perfect thing to get started.”
The Give Light campaign began with an anonymous donation of $ 100 million, which grew into a goal of $ 1.1 billion. According to its website, the mission of the BAC is to “trigger the funding and creation of new staffed faculty positions at Baylor University.”
“When we announced the Give Light campaign, it was a $ 1.1 billion goal that, at the time, looked like such a big goal that there were a lot of people who didn’t know. if we could achieve it, ”Davis said. “We are currently at $ 1.06 billion, so we are very close to achieving that initial announced target and plan to exceed it this academic year.”
Everett said Baylor plans to announce the faculty member selected for the new chair in the coming weeks.