Meet Your Admissions Counselor
Angela Butell, Director of Recruitment
Public and private schools in Johnson County (Kansas) and private high schools in Jackson County (Missouri)
Originally from Kansas City, Mo., Angela is a 1993 graduate of Baker's College of Arts and Sciences, where she majored in accounting and mass communication, and a 1999 graduate of Baker's School of Professional and Graduate Studies. She and her two daughters enjoy riding horses, boating, water skiing and camping.
Emma Carter, Admissions Counselor
Northeast Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska
A history major and 2003 graduate of Baker University, Emma earned a master's degree from the University of Montevallo in Ala. A proud Oklahoman, Emma was raised in Checotah, the hometown of country music singer Carrie Underwood. Emma and the American Idol winner actually attended the same high school for two years. In her free time, Emma enjoys crafting, sewing and exercising with her dogs.
Rick Cowart, Senior Associate Director of Admissions
East-Central Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin
Rick began at Baker University in November 2004. He earned a bachelor's degree from Central Methodist University. His wife is a music teacher in Lee's Summit, Mo., and they have two children. The younger graduated from Baker in December 2011. While not at Baker or on the road, Rick loves to spend leisure time with his family and to read and listen to music.
Jimmy May, Admissions Athletics Liaison
Alaska, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming
Originally from Henderson, Nev., Jimmy graduated from the University of Central Missouri and earned a master's degree from UNLV. He is interested in sports, health and fitness, travel, politics and the news.
Clarence Scott, Admissions Counselor
Public schools in metro Kansas City and Independence, Mo., Northeastern Kansas, Arkansas, Delaware, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Clarence is a 2012 Baker graduate from St. Petersburg, Fla. He earned a degree in mass media with a focus in broadcasting and played football for the Wildcats for four years. He is now the color analyst for the Baldwin Bulldogs high school football games.
Savannah Smith, Admissions Counselor
Southeast Kansas, Wichita, 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.
Renay Stithem, Assistant Director of Admissions
Transfer Students, Western Kansas
An exercise science and physical education major, Renay has worked in admissions at Baker since 2007. She arrived on the Baldwin City campus in 2003 after being recruited to play volleyball. She felt at home with the team and the campus. Raised in Overbrook, Kan., not far from the Baldwin City campus, Renay — at 6 feet — is the shortest person in her family of seven.
Kevin Kropf, Senior Director of Admissions
Oversees the College of Arts and Sciences Office of Admissions and admissions for graduate programs at 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..