Messer named to lead School of Professional and Graduate Studies


Brian Messer

Dr. Brian Messer

Baker University has hired Dr. Brian Messer as vice president and dean of School of Professional and Graduate Studies, Baker President Pat Long has announced.

Messer, who most recently served as vice president for online studies at Ottawa University, earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from St. Louis University. During his tenure, Messer launched 18 new programs and concentrations, which led to an online enrollment growth of 45 percent in just two years.

He has professional oversight experience in academic operations, academic affairs, instruction, admissions and marketing. Before accepting a position at Ottawa University in 2009, Messer worked at the University of Phoenix for eight years.

“We are delighted Brian has decided to join our leadership team,” President Long said. “During his interview it became very clear that he values academic responsibility, innovation and growth, which makes him a great fit for Baker University.”

As vice president and dean of School of Professional and Graduate Studies, Messer will inherit and lead Baker’s MBA program, which ranks No. 1 in the Kansas City metropolitan area for enrollment. His other responsibilities will include implementation of new programs, academic review of existing programs, faculty appointment and development, revenue generation and strategic planning.

“Baker has such a great reputation in the community for being an institution that is continuously focused on creating a very personalized yet rigorous experience,” Messer said. “I am blessed to be able to contribute to that experience.

Messer earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of New Mexico.

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