Presidential Search Committee Members


The members of Baker University's Presidential Search Committee have pledged to preserve the confidentiality of the search process. pdfRead the confidentiality agreement.

Hoot Gibson

Gibson is a 1973 graduate of Baker University and the immediate past Chair of the Board of Trustees. After receiving his degree he entered the insurance industry where he has spent his entire career. He recently semiretired after serving as President of Midwest Builders' Casualty for 25 years. Midwest Builders' Casualty is one of the largest providers of workers' compensation coverage to the commercial construction industry in the region. Gibson has been an innovator of a number of workers' compensation risk-management protocols that has reshaped how the insurance industry manages workers' compensation risk. He has authored a number of articles on workers' compensation and is a frequent speaker on the subject. He is active in his community, having served on the boards of Morning Glory Ministries, Della Lamb Community Services, the Catholic Education Foundation and Baker University. Gibson is married to Kathleen Kelly Gibson and their daughter Emily is a 2011 graduate of Baker University where she was an All American basketball player.

Alan Mauch

Mauch is a retired insurance executive and was formerly in the Office of the CEO – Executive Vice President at Employers Reinsurance Corporation (ERC), a subsidiary of General Electric. In his 40 years in the insurance/reinsurance industry, he has had managerial experience in underwriting, marketing and branch office administration on a local, regional and North American level. He has provided senior executive leadership in marketing and administration on a companywide level as well as integration of European acquisitions and strategic planning on a companywide and global basis. He worked in global roles on four continents and served as the Global Quality Leader for ERC. He earned his Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) designation in 1984. Since leaving ERC, he has been a consultant to the insurance industry and areas of consultation focus on a tool used in Six Sigma process improvement, Voice of the Customer (VOC). Closely related to VOC is the area of process redesign and improvement to align business processes to meet customer requirements and expectations. Other areas of interest involve strategic planning and facilitation of "Profit & Cash, the Insurance Game," a business simulation tool to increase understanding of how companies make a profit. He also has extensive experience in public speaking. Mauch graduated from Baker University in 1972 with a degree in history. He joined the Board of Trustees of Baker in 1998 and served as chair during 2005-2006. Currently, he is the sr. vice chair and chair of the Finance Committee.

Brandon Scarborough

Scarborough is a 2002 graduate of Baker University and is a member of the Baker University Board of Trustees. Scarborough joined Power Group in 2007 to lead the work-site benefits division. Scarborough has been specializing in work-site benefits since 2002. He is a member of the Workplace Benefits Association, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Kansas Adult Care Executives and the Kansas & Missouri Healthcare Association. Scarborough is Health, Life and Property & Casualty licensed, and he specializes in providing work-site benefits to employers with 100-1,5000 lives. He resides in Leawood, Kan., and is the proud father of Ellie, age 3. Scarborough was the 2012 Benefits Selling Magazine National Broker of the Year and the 2012 Employee Benefit Advisor Magazine 2012 "Rising Star." Scarborough chooses to give back to his community through his involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Harvesters.

Brian Posler, Ph.D.

Posler currently serves as the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Baker University. Before coming to Baker in 2012, Posler served as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Southern Indiana, after chairing the Political Science Department as well as serving as Director of Honors at Millikin University. As an American Political Science Association Congressional fellow, Posler served as Appropriations Director and Legislative Assistant for a member of the U.S. Congress. Posler received his B.A. from Cornell College, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Rice University in Political Science. Posler writes in the areas of Congressional parties, civic engagement, and veto politics.

Darcy Russell, Ph.D.

Russell is a Kansas native. She graduated from Leavenworth Senior High School in 1976 and from Baker University in 1980 with a B.S. degree. Her major was biology and she had two minors, chemistry and sociology. At Kansas State University she studied molecular virology, earning a Ph.D. in 1986. The Kansas woman then migrated to North Carolina for a postdoctoral fellowship, studying at both North Carolina State University in Raleigh and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After three years of postdoctoral work, she became an assistant professor at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. She was granted tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor at W&L, but left to return to her alma mater. Since 1998 she has taught at Baker. During this time she has collaborated on a research project with Dr. Robert Weaver at the University of Kansas. Her most recent publication (2012) comes from work that she and Rob and several of his graduate students work on together. Russell has a Baker Family. Her sister Denise Russell Trowbridge and her brother-in-law Scott Trowbridge graduated from Baker in 1983. Her cousin Kelley Steller Hrad graduated from Baker in 1986. Scott's family also bleeds Orange. His parents, Ray and Suzie Trowbridge, and his sister Melissa Trowbridge Pal are all Baker grads.

Joe Watson, Ph.D.

Watson is Associate Professor of Mass Media at Baker University. He teaches courses in mass media theory, media research methods, broadcasting, and public relations. Before entering higher education, Watson spent 15 years in television news. He worked on-air as a reporter and weather anchor in the Pittsburg, Kan./Joplin, Mo., and Corpus Christ, Texas, markets. He later moved behind the camera, serving a news producer for stations in Lansing, Mich., Flint, Mich., and Cleveland, Ohio. In 1997, Watson left television and entered media relations, spending four years as public information manager of Cleveland Metroparks, one of the nation's largest urban park districts. Watson has a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Communication and Political Science from Pittsburg State University and a Master of Arts in Mass Media and Public Relations from the University of Akron. He earned his Ph.D. in Mass Media and Organizational Communication at Kent State University. Watson's research interests include global media systems, broadcast history and group portrayals in media.

Susan J. Lindahl, Ph.D.

Lindahl is the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services and Chief Operating Officer for Baker University, reporting to the President and the Board of Trustees. Susan is also a faculty member in the School of Education doctoral program and served as Interim Dean. She co-chairs the Strategic Planning Council at the University and serves as a mediator and facilitator for other college and university Boards for strategic planning, finance and evaluation. Susan is a peer and financial panel reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. She is involved with many professional and civic organizations and is a speaker, presenter and consultant on many university and community college issues. Her works have been published by the Journal of Career Development, National Association for College and University Business Officers and the League for Innovation in the Community College and she recently coauthored a leadership book.

Andy Jett

Andy Jett has been a part of Baker since 2004. He started work for Baker as a Special Projects Manager at the School of Professional and Graduate Studies. In 2006, as the University began the task of assessing and implementing a new student information system, Jett was the lead system administrator for that project. In 2012 he took over the role as Chief Information Officer for the University and is a member of the President's Executive Leadership team and a member of the University's Executive Cabinet. His current role also includes management of the off-site facilities and resource staff related to SPGS and GSOE programs. In these roles, Jett has a unique granular perspective of the entire University. Jett, graduated from Wichita State University with his Bachelor in Business Administration, received his Master of Liberal Arts from Baker University and is working on his Ed.D in Higher Education Leadership, also from Baker University. In addition to his administrative work, he is an adjunct instructor and curriculum writer in the bachelor's and master's degree programs at SPGS. Before coming to Baker, Jett had worked at Hutchinson Community College as a Bookstore and Auxiliary Manager and for College Bookstores of America as a Regional Manager.

Philip Hannon

Hannon attended Baker University from 1982 to 1986 where he was a thee-sport athlete (football and baseball: four years, track: one year). He received his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with an emphasis in coaching. Hannon signed to professional baseball with the Chicago Cubs after his senior year at Baker. He played in the Chicago farm system from 1986 to 1990. Hannon then joined the staff as an outfield and base-running instructor, eventually moving up to become a minor league manager. Hannon's last year in professional baseball  was 1994 when he managed the California League's High Desert Mavericks in Adelanto, Calif. Hannon is now in his 13th year as Baker University's head baseball coach. Hannon was inducted into the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2012. He is the Founder and Principal of Keepers of the Legends Foundation, whose mission is dedicated to commemorating the value and history of baseball. Hannon and his wife, Charlene, and sons Andrew and Aaron and daughter, Annie, all have received their education from Baker. His youngest son, Asher, is a freshman at Baker now.

Zach Aldrich

Aldrich is a junior from Topeka Kansas majoring in economics and mathematics (statistics emphasis) with a minor in business. He carries a 3.98/4.00 GPA and has been on the Dean's list all four of his semesters at Baker. Aldrich is a member of the Baker University varsity tennis team and plays No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles. He is a Serve2Succeed mentor as part of the AmeriCorps national initiative, a freshman Salon student leader, and coordinator for the American Red Cross blood drives on the Baker campus. He was the recipient of the NAIA-Red Cross Champions of Character scholarship and is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma freshman honor society, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Aldrich intends to pursue a doctorate in economics upon graduation from Baker University.

The Reverend Dr. Nanette Roberts

Roberts is a 1984 graduate of Kansas State University and received her Master of Divinity degree from St. Paul School of Theology in 1988 and the Doctor of Ministry degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., in 2012. As an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, Roberts has served full time in local church ministry for 25 years. For the past 10 years she's been senior pastor at Grace United Methodist Church, a two-campus congregation located in Olathe, Kan. With more than 1,900 members and worship attendance of approximately 1,000 each weekend, Grace reflects the spirit of mission and hospitality that has been its foundation for more than 150 years. Roberts is known best for preaching and teaching and has spent time leading multiple staff- and board-training sessions as well as speaking at leadership conferences and teaching as an adjunct faculty member with seminary students. With a passion for education and mission and in relationship with Roberts's doctoral work, Grace United Methodist has connected with Liberia West, Africa, since 2009 and continues to work with former child soldiers and street girls left orphaned after the Civil War ended in 2005. Education in peaceful methods of conflict resolution and understanding and embracing global diversity is the focus for both children in Olathe and children in Liberia,. Roberts is an avid runner and reader and enjoys time spent at her parents' farm in northwestern Kansas.

Laura McKnight

McKnight is an entrepreneur and author, focusing on social responsibility as a lifestyle trend and its impact on businesses and families. McKnight began her career as a tax lawyer and also held the position of President and CEO of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation for six years before launching a boutique consultancy to help companies build strong social-responsibility programs and use those programs to drive corporate growth and brand engagement. McKnight has served on several boards of directors, including the Children's Mercy Hospital Foundation and the Kansas CIty Area Life Sciences Institute.

Myra Glover

After finishing at Missouri Valley College in 1973, Glover has held various positions throughout her working career. Areas of significance include 34 years of private piano instruction, eight years in the tennis industry in office management and finally, 17 years at Baker University. Positions at Baker have included two years with Dr. Lambert in the President's Office, 10 years as Student Life Coordinator in the Office of Student Affairs and then returning to the President's Office in March 2007 to work with Dr. Pat. Both of her sons are Baker alums and Academic All-Americans: Chad, '02, and Blake, '04. Her husband, Bill Glover, has taught in Baker's MBA program for 15 years. She has been active in the Baldwin City community serving in past years as a member of the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Baldwin Community Art Council Board of Directors.