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Opening Keynote Speaker


Scott H. Moore is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Great Texts in the Honors College at Baylor University. He took his doctorate from Baylor before becoming a Fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame. He has been back at Baylor since 1997. He is the author of numerous essays and the book The Limits of Liberal Democracy: Religion and Politics at the End of Modernity (IVP Academic) and the co-editor of Finding a Common Thread: Reading Great Texts from Homer to O'Connor (St. Augustine Press). Dr. Moore's recent work focuses on the thought of the British philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch and the American agrarian author Wendell Berry. Dr. Moore was the founding director of the Great Texts Program at Baylor and chaired that department for nine years. He has been involved with residential college experiments for a number of years. He directed and taught in Baylor's Oxford program (affiliated with Christ Church, Oxford) before helping oversee the planning, design, and implementation for the academic programming needs of Baylor's Brooks Village, a $45 million comprehensive residential college and instructional facility. Dr. Moore and his wife Andrea have five children and live on a small farm in Crawford, Texas, where they enjoy gardening and raising a few cattle, sheep, and heritage poultry breeds

Closing Speaker


Lori S. White is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Southern Methodist University, a position she has held since 2007. She also serves as clinical professor in the SMU Simmons School of Education.

Dr. White has spent over 30 years working in higher education. Prior to her arrival at SMU, she served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Southern California and has also worked at Stanford, Georgetown and San Diego State Universities and the University of California, Irvine.

At SMU, Dr. White and her colleagues are responsible for student life programs including residence halls; women's, multi-cultural and volunteer and leadership programs; student conduct; campus ministries; health and wellness programs; career services; the Hughes-Trigg Student Center and the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.

Dr. White is active nationally in several higher education organizations and serves on the Board of Directors for the Association for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Foundation. In 2009 she was named a Pillar of the Profession by NASPA.

Dr. White’s areas of emphasis in research and teaching include the student experience in higher education and the preparation and mentorship of new, mid-level and aspiring senior student affairs professionals. She is the author of a number of articles and book chapters and has presented widely at professional meetings.

Dr. White was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and English from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in education administration and policy analysis with emphasis in higher education. She also participated in Harvard University's Management and Leadership in Education Program.

Beginning in Fall 2014 SMU launched their residential commons initiative which included building five new residence halls, and retrofitting six others; along with a new dining commons and parking structure. All first year students at SMU along with the majority of second year students are now living in a residential commons. SMU is in the planning stages for a 12th residential commons to open in 2016.

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