Meet Your Admissions Counselor
Brian Boyle, Associate Director of Admissions
Jackson County, Missouri; Wyandotte County, Kansas | Athletic Recruiting Liaison
A 1996 graduate with a degree in history, Brian has been a part Baker since childhood, when he served as a ball boy for the football team and batboy for the baseball team. He played football for the Wildcats, earning First Team All-Conference and playing defensive end in the national semifinal game. After graduation he coached football for nine seasons. After a 10-year career in the mortgage industry, Brian returns to Baker to work in the Office of Admissions. He and his wife, Jill, who graduated from Baker in 1997, have three children, all of whom consider themselves future Wildcats.
Emma Carter, Assistant Director of Admissions
Douglas, Shawnee, Jackson, Jefferson, Wabaunsee, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Doniphan, Leavenworth, Atchison Counties | Arkansas, Oklahoma
A history major and 2003 graduate of Baker University, Emma earned a master's degree from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. A proud Oklahoman, Emma was raised in Checotah. In her free time, Emma enjoys crafting, sewing and exercising with her dogs.
Sydney Doster, Admissions Counselor
International Students | Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North and South Carolina
A 2013 graduate of Baker University, Sydney majored in French and Spanish and was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant to teach English in Nepal. She found a second home in Nepal and ultimately decided to return to Kansas because nowhere else in the world compares. Sydney lives on a small farm, is an avid vegetarian and loves to spend time with her niece and nephew.
Ben Herron, Assistant Director of Admissions
Johnson County, Kansas, High Schools; Jackson County, Missouri, Private High Schools
Ben graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in political science from the University of Kansas and will graduate next summer with an M.A. in higher education administration and leadership from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He has worked in admissions for five years and plans to continue to study how institutions can grow and better serve their students. Ben has spent about half his life in Texas and half of it in Kansas. In his free time he enjoys politics and sports, particularly the Kansas City Chiefs and San Antonio Spurs.
Parker Johnson, Admissions Counselor
Central and Western Kansas | Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Alaska
A December 2014 graduate with a degree in psychology, Parker was active in a variety of campus organizations, including PsiChi psychology club, and student senate. He is from McPherson, Kansas.
Rhonda Patterson, Director of Transfer Recruitment
Rhonda, who previously worked for the university from 1990 to 2000, returned to Baker in 2014 because of her passion for education, student development and campus involvement. Rhonda received her bachelor's degree from Washburn University and her Master of Business Administration from Baker. When she is not bragging about Baker to students and their families, Rhonda enjoys spending time with her family, who are typically at a sporting event or watching one on TV.
Savannah Smith, Assistant Director of Admissions
Southeastern Kansas | Texas, Colorado
Originally from Mansfield, Texas, Savannah played volleyball for four years at Baker, where she majored in business marketing and management. As an out-of-state student, she was attracted to Baker because of the campus beauty and how genuinely nice everyone was on campus.
Kevin Kropf, Senior Director of Admissions
Oversees the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Admissions and Admissions for the School of Education
A longtime admissions professional, Kevin has worked at Baker since October 2010. He is a 1993 graduate of Kenyon College, where he majored in economics and sociology. He earned a master's degree from Baldwin Wallace in 1995 and will soon earn a doctoral degree from Baker University. He and his wife, Meredith, have three children.