Alumni Association | A Strategic Link in Baker’s Stability & Growth

Board of Directors

The Baker University Alumni Association Board of Directors serves all Baker alumni and current students. By engaging alumni in University activities, helping alumni connect with one another and promoting philanthropic activities, the Alumni Board is a strategic link in Baker’s stability and growth.

Board activities include sponsoring the annual Alumni Weekend Awards, which are given to outstanding alumni and friends of the University. In addition, the Alumni Board selects deserving Baker students to receive scholarship grants, made possible through the Alumni Scholarship Fund. (Learn more about the application process.)  Each year, the Board sponsors the Baker University Gala and Auction, which benefits the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

New Board members are selected each year at the annual May meeting. Board members include alumni from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Professional and Graduate Studies, School of Nursing and the School of Education.

If you would like to join this dynamic, interesting group of individuals, please send a cover letter and your resume to the Office of Alumni and Community Relations.

P.O. Box 65, Baldwin City,
Kansas 66006-0065

We may also be reached at 785.594.4528, 888.781.2586, fax 785.594.8331, or email



 IvanFenwick President | Ivan Fenwick, ’08 MBA
 JoeWesterhaus Vice President | Joseph “JK” Westerhaus, ’09 MBA
 LeandraMonreal Secretary | Leandra Monreal, ’09
 JodiAkers Chair of Recruitment | Jodi Akers, ’91
 Leila Uhl Chair of Scholarships | Leila Uhl, ’11


John Bennett, ’69
Bob Burnham Bob Burnham, ’77
Marion Starcher Burnham, ’76
Robin Burnham, ’05
TaraBurnham Tara Gitchel Burnham, ’07, ’12 MLA
StephenCarttar Stephen Carttar, ’09 MBA
ElizabethDeng Elizabeth Deng, ’11
John Hood Joe Hood, ’92 BBA, ’12 MBA
Kimberly Jones Kimberly Jones, ’94 MLA
Brad Rein Brad Rein, ’96 BA, ’01 MSM
Mark Sims, ’92

Mission Statement

The mission of the Baker University Alumni Association is to promote a spirit of loyalty among its members and assist in advancing the general welfare of Baker University.

Vision Statement

  1. To facilitate and encourage a continuing affiliation with the University by the members of the Alumni Association.
  2. To provide opportunities for scholarship assistance by the Alumni Association to students of the University, and to lead the selection process for recipients of University Alumni Weekend Awards.
  3. To facilitate and encourage philanthropic activities in the name of the University by members of the Alumni Association.

Strategic Objectives

A. Continuing Affiliation

The Alumni Association will continue to be affiliated with the Alumni Office of the University, but will attempt to maintain and promote a separate identity.

The Association will increase its efforts to promote itself to current BU students through such programs as a student alumni association, a senior salute activity, contacts with incoming freshmen during their orientation and other activities as the Board directs.

The Association will solicit the help of interested SPGS and School of Nursing alumni to attempt to get more participation by current SPGS and SON students and alumni in the Association.

The Association will encourage better communication with and between its members by developing its own section of the BU Web site and by working with the Alumni and Advancement Offices to help its members keep in touch with their peers.

The Association Events Committee will work with the appropriate University personnel to plan and conduct social events that will appeal to Association members as worthy of their participation. The purpose of this objective is to encourage interaction between Association members.

B. Scholarships & Awards

The Association will enhance its efforts to provide merit-based Alumni Association Scholarships to BU students through increased financial grants and/or scholarships awarded in varying amounts from the Association. It will cooperate with the University Advancement Office regarding such efforts.

As a part of its philanthropic objectives, the Association will work toward establishing a mechanism by which worthy Service Learning projects proposed by BU students can receive the funding needed for their success.

The Association will lead the selection process for recipients of University awards to be given during Alumni Weekend. In this process, the Association will work closely with University representatives, including the President, to assure the quality and appropriateness of the selections made.

C. Philanthropy

The Association will require that its Board members participate in, and will offer the opportunity to its other members to participate in, at least one outside community philanthropic activity each year, in the name of the Association. The Board will determine what activities will be offered and when they will take place.

The Association will encourage community engagement and service learning activities by BU students by providing (offering) financial grants that meet approved criteria. The Board will determine the selection process for such project funding.

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