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May 23, 2013
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University names new leader of Quest program

Baldwin City, Kan. — Carrie Coward Bucher has been appointed chair of the Quest program at Baker University's College of Arts and Sciences, effective July 1, Brian Posler, executive vice president for academic affairs, announced on Thursday.Carrie-Coward-Bucherforweb

Coward Bucher has served as director of honors for the past year, and will retain those duties in addition to teaching courses within the Quest program.

"We are very pleased that Carrie has agreed to take on these additional responsibilities," Posler said. "She is held in high esteem by her colleagues and will bring great energy to this vitally important curriculum."

Professor of French Erin Joyce has been integral throughout Quest's implementation as the program's inaugural leader. With Coward Bucher assuming these new duties, Joyce will return to the classroom to teach full time next fall.

"Dr. Joyce has already done so much of the heavy lifting in getting this exciting program off the ground," Coward Bucher said. "As the only faculty member whose department home has been liberal studies, I've been able to watch her build this since the beginning. This program is the vision of my faculty colleagues and it will be fun to bring their work, a distinction for Baker, to fruition."

The Quest program debuted in 2011 as a revamp to Baker's general education curriculum. It provides students with an integrated series of courses designed to produce well-rounded, workforce-ready graduates with strong critical thinking, communication and application skills.

As chair of the Quest program, Coward Bucher will lead the Liberal Studies Advisory Group, recruit and develop faculty to teach courses within the program and work with students to ensure they meet core curricular requirements. Her office will be located in the dean's suite on the second floor of Constant Hall.

Coward Bucher arrived at Baker in 2010 with Ph.D. in sociology from Emory University. Her husband, Jake Bucher, is an associate professor of sociology at Baker. They have two children, Gus, 3, and Eleanor, 6 months.

Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.