William D. Underwood
Underwood graduated from Oklahoma Baptist University and received a J.D. from the University of Illinois in 1985. He was an editor of the University of Illinois Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. He clerked for Sam Johnson, then joined a law firm in Dallas, Texas. In 1990, he became a law professor at Baylor University. While a professor at the law school, he served as interim President of Baylor University from 2005 to 2006. Since 2006, he has served as the President of Mercer University.
Underwood has been involved with the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation, the Texas Bar Foundation, the Atlanta Regional Consortium on Higher Education, the Tubman Museum, the Georgia Cancer Coalition, the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities, the American Baptist Historical Society, and MidCountry Financial Corporation. Underwood is a Baptist.