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Baylor president’s job could be on the line

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WACO, Texas — The president of Baylor University is expected to find out Friday whether he will remain at the school.

Baylor's 36-member board of regents planned a closed meeting Friday that follows weeks of bitter debate among professors, alumni and students.

Sloan, a 54-year-old Baptist preacher and former theology school dean, has headed Baylor for eight years. He has refused to step down, repeatedly saying, "You don't deal with problems by running away from them."

Scandal has washed over Baylor's campus since the summer slaying of 21-year-old basketball player Patrick Dennehy, the arrest of former player Carlton Dotson on murder charges in Dennehy's death, and the ensuing disclosure of major NCAA violations in the basketball program.

Even before the basketball scandal, Sloan faced harsh criticism from some faculty members and regents over "Baylor 2012," his 10-year plan to make Baylor a top-tier research university while strengthening its Christian mission.

The battle over Sloan's presidency has escalated in recent days.

Five Baylor regents and three former regent chairmen have called publicly for Sloan's resignation, while the faculty senate, in a 26-6 vote Tuesday night, passed a no-confidence motion urging his ouster. The afternoon after the senate vote, more than 300 professors and staff members who support Sloan demonstrated outside his office.