Alumni Profile: Shawn Sedate
Q: Why did you choose Baylor?
My parents met at Baylor, so I always had Baylor on my radar as a child. I never was quite sure whether I’d be able to go to Baylor or not. My parents were in education, and we had a large family. I really fell in love with the environment at Baylor but had lots of questions about whether I could make it work financially. I was gifted a National Merit Scholarship, and that’s what enabled me to go to Baylor.
Q: What was your experience at Baylor like?
I had a great experience at Baylor. I received a great education and good opportunity to balance my personal growth along with preparation for the workforce. I had the ability to gain additional leadership skills through the organizations and clubs that I participated in. Baylor gave me a very well-rounded opportunity to grow. Being a part of the Baylor Family is rewarding. It’s fulfilling. It is about honoring my past and seeing what will unfold in the future.
Q: How would you describe your experience as a member of the ECS Board of Advocates?
Hats off to Baylor for having the ECS Board of Advocates. It provides an avenue for continuous improvement of the educational and research experience at Baylor. It’s an opportunity for me to share my knowledge and insight and to encourage University programs. Baylor builds students and prepares students for the future, and I am able to help with that process. In a small way, I am also able to give back to the University and ensure that we’re staying true to Baylor’s mission. I think it’s a great group of diverse leaders with different backgrounds and perspectives. We don’t all have the same ideas, but we all have the same interest in helping Baylor progress.
Q: What do you do for work? What do you enjoy most about your role?
Currently, I am the executive vice president and chief information officer at the Brookshire Grocery Company in Tyler, Texas. I have three favorite aspects about my job. One is working for a company of high integrity that’s making a difference in this community. Two, the personal satisfaction and the opportunity to make a difference. Three, helping people grow and develop. That is a passion of mine.
Q: What led you to fund scholarships such as the Shawn Sedate Scholarship for Baylor students? What is your goal when giving these gifts?
I would not have been able to go to Baylor had Baylor not offered me a scholarship. This is an expression of my gratitude to Baylor for allowing me the opportunity to go to such a great institution, and it gives me a chance to really return the favor and support other students.
Q: What advice do you offer to Baylor students?
Pursue your passion. Baylor offers multiple avenues for personal growth. An avenue of personal growth is the educational experience that you get in class. An avenue for growth is the people that you meet and the experiences you have with individuals at Baylor. An avenue of growth is the organizations and clubs you can participate in. For students going to Baylor, there are many things to take advantage of. Follow your passions and interests, and use your time at Baylor to explore yourself and what really excites you.
Q: What legacy do you hope to leave?
I hope that I make some small mark in the lives of the people that I interact with. Part of that is passing on wisdom that I’ve had the good fortune to come across, and part of it is being able to inspire others to go accomplish something to their full potential. If I am able to help people move toward their full potential of who they can become, that would be a satisfying legacy.