About Dr. Patricia N. Long
Dr. Patricia N. Long became the 28th president of Baker University on July 1, 2006. She has the distinction of being the first female president since its founding in 1858, Kansas' first university. Since taking office, Dr. Long has guided successful initiatives to develop signature academic offerings, strengthened student life and expanded campuses across Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska.
As the first generation of her family to attend college, Dr. Long has dedicated her life to advancing the goals of higher education through distinctive programs and increased student engagement. Under her leadership, the University received three multiyear grants totaling more than $1.5 million from The National Science Foundation, the Hall Family Foundation and the federal government. The grants supported key initiatives in the areas of education and science with funds providing support for the development of a new general education curriculum; a biological research project to survey, identify and analyze the DNA of tardigrades, a microscopic water animal; and applied research for enhancement of science instruction in middle schools. The School of Education continues to strengthen its ties to the region's K-12 schools and is recognized as a top institution in advanced education for teachers and school principals seeking master's and doctoral degrees. For working adults, The School of Professional and Graduate Studies is ranked No. 1 in the Kansas City area for enrollment and as one of America's top military-friendly colleges and universities.
Over the last five years, the University has shown steady growth in new facilities and renovations across its four schools. The College of Arts and Sciences in Baldwin City saw the opening of the $6.3 million New Living Center, the first new residence hall on the Baldwin City campus in nearly 50 years, housing nearly 200 students. The School of Professional and Graduate Studies and School of Education graduate programs opened new facilities in Overland Park, Topeka, North Kansas City and Wichita. The recent acceptance by the state of Nebraska to open a campus in Omaha signifies Baker's solid reputation and growing influence in the Midwest region.
Athletics are an important aspect of student life and achievement for the College of Arts and Sciences. The NAIA recognized the University's commitment to scholar athletes in 2010 by acknowledging more than 30 Baker athletes as Academic All-Americans. With the addition of two new sports to the roster, wrestling and women's bowling, the athletics program is experiencing healthy expansion along with significantly improved winning records. A generous gift and pledge to the football program from Mike McCarthy, Baker graduate and head coach of the Green Bay Packers, provides scholarships and resources to continue the development of a robust program.
Dr. Long has served on numerous professional and civic organizations and chaired various committees for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Her achievements in student affairs administration have been recognized with several honors, including the IBM Best Practice in Student Services Partner, the David Pierce Team Award from the National Initiative for Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness and most recently she was awarded the James J. Rhatigan Outstanding Dean Award from the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals and a life service award from Southwest Baptist University.
Dr. Long serves on several boards including United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, Kansas Independent Colleges Association, the Douglas County Community Foundation and the United States Army Command and General Staff College Advisory Committee.
Before leading Baker, Dr. Long was Acting Executive Vice Chancellor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she also served as Deputy Chancellor for University Communications and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Prior to that, she was Dean of Student Services at Johnson County Community College and served as an educator in the Kansas City, Mo., school system.
Dr. Long's education record includes a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Southwest Baptist University, a master's degree in adult education from Central Missouri State University and a doctorate in educational policy and leadership in higher education from the University of Kansas.