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Friday, Oct. 5, 2012
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Business professor to serve as assistant dean

Baldwin City, Kan. — Martha Harris, professor of business and economics at Baker University, has been named the new assistant dean for academic affairs for Baker’s College of Arts and Sciences.Martha

Harris, a 1979 Baker graduate, has served as a faculty member since 1983, teaching various business and accounting courses. She was promoted to full professor in 2002. During a leave of absence from Baker, she returned to her work with the FDIC to help with the resolution of failed savings and loan associations. More recently she worked in the Office of the Attorney General for Kansas on the investigation of several white-collar cases. She has taught at Harlaxton College in England for two semesters and has been coordinator for Baker’s Harlaxton program since 2004.

In her new role, she will assist Brian Posler, executive vice president of academic affairs and dean of CAS, by coordinating key academic events, helping resolve student academic concerns, assisting with faculty governance initiatives and coordinating academic program assessment.

In addition, Harris will coordinate and support study abroad and Baker’s international students. She also will serve as the faculty athletic representative and continue to teach courses in the Quest program and in her academic department.

“It is clear that she has the esteem of her colleagues, and her wealth of experience and strong work ethic will be instrumental in helping the college reach its goals,” Posler said. “I am so pleased that she has agreed to step into this role.”


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