March 8, 2006
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Baldwin City, Kan. - Baker University announced March 8 the selection of its 28th president. Dr. Patricia N. Long, acting executive vice chancellor at University of Missouri-Kansas City, will take the helm July 1, succeeding President Daniel Lambert who will retire after 19 years as Baker's president.

Long, also the deputy chancellor for university communications and vice chancellor for student affairs and enrollment management at UMKC, will be the first female president in the 148-year history of Kansas' oldest university. In a special meeting Wednesday, the Board of Trustees voted to select Long. She was among 60 candidates for the position and was one of three finalists to visit Baker campuses in the past two weeks.

"I'm honored to have been selected to lead such a fine university that is so highly regarded," Long said. "Since its founding - before Kansas was even a state - Baker has been an innovator in education. I intend to lead the University into the frontiers of this young century, to maintain its reputation for quality, and to do so with heartfelt dedication to its mission of service to the people of this region."

In tribute to Lambert, Long said she is humbled to follow such a respected and long-tenured college president.

"Dr. Lambert is a wonderful role model and has put the University in a position of strength on which we, as a University community, will build," she said.

Bob Honse, member of the university's board of trustees, chaired the selection committee.

"Pat is very bright and is highly-regarded in educational circles for her breadth of experience and success in managing change. She rose to the top of the candidate pool because of her great presence, her leadership qualities and her solid record of accomplishments," Honse said.

Alan Mauch, chair of the board of trustees, chaired the meeting Wednesday during which the board unanimously elected Long.

"The board is very much behind Pat and we're excited to have a person of her caliber leading this institution. We have a lot of ambitions in terms of growth in programs, students and fund raising and we feel she is well qualified to march us forward in these areas," Mauch said.

In addition to 23 years as an administrator at UMKC and Johnson County Community College, Long taught in the Kansas City, Mo., School District for seven years. She and her husband, Dennis Long, live in Lenexa, Kan. Mr. Long is an engineer for Honeywell.

Founded in 1858, Baker has 3,330 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students in four schools: the College of Arts and Sciences at the campus in Baldwin City, Kan.; the School of Professional and Graduate Studies, which serves working adults at campuses in Lee's Summit, Mo., Overland Park, Topeka, Lawrence and Wichita, Kan.; the School of Nursing at Stormont-Vail HealthCare medical center in Topeka; and the School of Education which operates in Baldwin City, Overland Park and at sites throughout Kansas.

Long's Experience: Long, who has been an administrator at UMKC since 2000, helped drive a $200 million capital campaign toward completion. She also developed and implemented the university's first marketing plan and first enrollment management plan. Long managed a budget of more than $50 million, including university auxiliaries and several enterprise operations. In her career, she has led the design process, funding acquisition and construction of three new facilities.

Long began her higher education career in 1983 at Johnson County Community College where was promoted to assistant dean of student enrollment services and eventually dean of student services from 1995 to 2000.

During her 17-year tenure at Johnson County, Long was involved professionally throughout the state and region in promoting student and athletic issues, consulting on collaborative projects, and actively partnering with other community colleges and public and private colleges and universities.

From 1974 to 1981, Long worked for the Kansas City (Mo.) School District. She was an instructor for four years before being head teacher for an adult basic education program.