Reform group seeks figures for Baylor’s legal fees

Prominent Baylor University donors again are demanding public financial disclosures by regents as the ripple effect from the ongoing sexual assault scandal continues.

A group of alumni, students and faculty known as Bears for Leadership Reform on Thursday criticized Baylor’s decision to hire more attorneys to represent the university and demanded that regents disclose legal fees associated with the new firms.

Baylor Board Chairman Ron Murff did not return phone messages Thursday. Regent Cary Gray, of Houston, deferred comment to the Baylor public relations department.

“Baylor University and our volunteer regent leadership will take reasonable steps to address concerns that have been raised over the past year, and we will defend ourselves appropriately in litigation,” Baylor spokesperson Lori Fogleman wrote in an email. “(Interim President David) Garland stressed the current financial strength of the university following last Friday‚Äôs board of regents meeting.”

Regents recently hired Philadelphia law firm Cozen O’Connor and Houston attorney Rusty Hardin, and BLR officials want to know how much it will cost the university.

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