Baylor University has appointed Doug Welch, who has served as associate general counsel at the university since 2006, as chief compliance officer.

Implementation of the chief compliance officer position was among the 105 recommendations from the external Pepper Hamilton investigation that focused on improving Baylor’s prevention of, and response to, sexual violence, the university said. The compliance role also will help identify compliance needs in a range of areas, assess the effectiveness of existing systems, procedures and controls, and create and deliver robust training to ensure compliance, the university said.

As CCO, Welch will lead the development of a centralized compliance center of excellence to equip and support the University’s work in the areas of research, athletics, Equal Employment Opportunity, Title IX, and Clery compliance.

His additional responsibilities will include:

Developing training and awareness programs for staff, faculty and students in areas of compliance and regulatory oversight;

Collaborating with Baylor University administration, deans, and department leaders to design effective policies and processes that ensure compliance with all federal and state statutory and regulatory standards;

Implementing effective checks and balances; and

Assessing the overall effectiveness of these initiatives.

Welch joined Baylor’s Office of General Counsel in 2006 from a private law practice in Lubbock, where he also served as an adjunct professor of law at Texas Tech University School of Law. His primary areas of responsibility have been in employment law, real estate, athletics, and international programs.