BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Upon its inception in 1858, the founders of Baker University deemed that the university be governed by an overseeing body of no more than 32 members. Today, the Baker University Board of Trustees remains the highest governing body of the university, meeting three times annually to approve university programs, budgets, faculty promotions and deferment of degrees to graduates. The Board of Trustees is made up of civic, professional and spiritual leaders elected by the annual conference of the United Methodist Church.
The Board of Trustees are nominated by the university president and elected by the board members to four-year staggered terms that are renewable for a second term.
According to the by-laws of the board, at least four members must be clergy. In this way the board membership acknowledges the importance of faith in our core values and remains true to our United Methodist heritage. The trustees are divided across 14 committees, each representing a critical aspect of the fulfillment of the University mission. All board committees include a Baker administrator who helps organize agendas for meetings and facilitates discussions as needed.
Mr. Spencer Breithaupt, ’83
The Rev. Dr. Ira DeSpain, ’70
Mr. Anton Eisel, ’66
Ms. Ann Fish, ’99
Mr. Hoot Gibson, ’73
Mr. Scott Grauer, ’86
Mrs. Tammeria K. Hawks, ’72
Mr. Skip Kalb, ’73
Mr. Brian King
Mr. Gordon E. Lansford, III, ’93
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Lutgen, Jr.
Mr. Mike McCarthy, ’87
Mr. Gene Meyer
Ms. Melissa Ness
The Rev. Dr. Nanette Roberts
Mr. Brandon Scarborough, ’02
Dr. Kay Schallenkamp
Mr. Michael Seitz
Mr. Scott Siegman, ’91
Mr. Gary Sollars, ’71
Ms. Brenda Stasiulis, ’88
Mr. Gregory Stoskopf, ’86
Mr. Dale Werts, ’80
The board meets as a whole three times a year in October, February and May. Each meeting has a specific focus in order to address different aspects of the institution.
October | Planning
This meeting focuses on facilities and strategic planning.
February | Faculty & Curriculum
This meeting provides opportunities for classroom visits and meetings with faculty to discuss curriculum updates and areas of growth. The board votes on tenure and promotion candidates.
May | Students & Student Learning
Board members are invited to eat lunch in the cafeteria with students, and student accomplishments are highlighted. An outgrowth of this meeting has been the establishment of a Scholars Day, initiated in 2009, which showcases student research, performance and art in a daylong conference. The conference is scheduled near the date of the May board meeting so that out-of-town trustees may attend.
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