Baker University Board of Trustees

Upon its inception in 1858, the founders of Baker University deemed that the University be governed by an overseeing body of no more than 32 members. Today, the Baker University Board of Trustees remains the highest governing body of the University, meeting three times annually to approve University programs, budgets, faculty promotions and deferment of degrees to graduates. The Board of Trustees is made up of civic, professional and spiritual leaders elected by the annual conference of the United Methodist Church. 

The Board of Trustees are nominated by the University president and elected by the board members to four-year staggered terms that are renewable for a second term.

According to the by-laws of the board, at least four members must be clergy. In this way the board membership acknowledges the importance of faith in our core values and remains true to our United Methodist heritage. The trustees are divided across 14 committees, each representing a critical aspect of the fulfillment of the University mission. All board committees include a Baker administrator who helps organize agendas for meetings and facilitates discussions as needed.

Board Members

Ms. Emmalie Gessner Cowherd, '61
Cowherd Farms, Carroll County Bancshares
Carrollton, Mo.

Mr. Steve Doyal
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Kansas City, Mo.

Mr. Anton Eisel, '66
Commerce Bankshares
St. Louis, Mo.

Ms. Ann Fish, '99
Chadwick's LLC, FishTech LLC
Kansas City, Mo.

Mr. Hoot Gibson, '73
Midwest Builders' Casualty
Kansas City, Mo.

Mr. Scott Grauer, '86
Wealth Management, BOK Financial, Inc.
Tulsa, Okla.

Mrs. Tammeria K. Hawks, '72
Retired, Wells Fargo Financial, Inc. 
Frisco, Texas

Mr. Robert Honse
Retired, Farmland Industries, Inc.
Lawrence, Kan.

Mr. Richard Howell, '74
Provenance Properties
Overland Park, Kan.

Mr. Skip Kalb, '73
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co.
Fort Worth, Texas

Mr. Gordon E. Lansford, III, '93
J.E. Dunn Construction Co.
Kansas City, Mo.

Mr. Joseph W. Levin
Insurance Consultant
Fairway, Kan.

Dr. Neal Malicky, '56
President Emeritus, Baldwin Wallace College, retired
Millersburg, Ohio

Mr. C. Alan Mauch, '72
Human Dynamics
Overland Park, Kan.


Mr. Mike McCarthy, '87
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay, Wis.

Rev. Dr. Myron McCoy
First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple
Chicago, Ill.

Gene Meyer
Lawrence Memorial Hospital
Lawrence, Kan.

Mr. Don Parker, '55
Retired, First Excess Reinsurance Corp.
Topeka, Kan.

Mrs. Margie Pearson
Civic Leader
Baldwin City, Kan., and Gloucester, Mass.

Mr. Walter Pinnell, '69
Retired, North American Savings Bank
Overland Park, Kan.

Ms. Kathy Rainen
Civic Leader
Mission Hills, Kan.

Rev. Dr. Nanette Roberts
Grace United Methodist Church
Olathe, Kan.

Mr. Steve Sauder
Emporia Radio Stations, Inc./Valu-Net LLC
Emporia, Kan.

Francois Sauer, M.D.
Trans Am Group
Leawood, Kan.

Mr. Brandon Scarborough, '02
Power Group Companies
Overland Park, Kan.

Mr. Dolph Simons, III
The World Co. and WorldWest LLC
Lawrence, Kan.

Mr. Gary Sollars, '71
Hilb, Rogal and Hobbs
Lawrence, Kan.

Ms. Susanne Richardson Teel, '69
Civic Leader
St. Joseph, Mo.

Ex-Officio Trustees

Rev. Dr. Scott J. Jones
Bishop, Kansas Area, UMC
Wichita, Kan.

Rev. Michael McGuire
Chair, United Methodist Campus Ministries


Mr. Ivan Fenwick, '08
President, Baker Alumni Advisory Council

Board Meetings 

The board meets as a whole three times a year in October, February and May. Each meeting has a specific focus in order to address different aspects of the institution.

October | Planning

This meeting focuses on facilities and strategic planning.

February | Faculty & Curriculum

This meeting provides opportunities for classroom visits and meetings with faculty to discuss curriculum updates and areas of growth. The board votes on tenure and promotion candidates.

May | Students & Student Learning

Board members are invited to eat lunch in the cafeteria with students, and student accomplishments are highlighted. An outgrowth of this meeting has been the establishment of a Scholars Day, initiated in 2009, which showcases student research, performance and art in a daylong conference. The conference is scheduled near the date of the May board meeting so that out-of-town trustees may attend.