Welcome to Baker University

I am honored to serve as the president of Baker University, a wonderful community that has sustained for more than 150 years. Since I was announced as president at the end of 2013 and became immersed in the Baker family, I quickly learned about the difference this incredible institution has made in the lives of our alumni and students today.

Baker has created an environment where our distinguished faculty and staff are in position to touch the lives of our students—undergraduate, graduate and nursing—in meaningful ways. I was drawn to Baker because of that personal connection, tradition of academic excellence and outstanding values. With nearly 3,300 students across the region and an international partnership with Harlaxton College in England, Baker has a reputation of fostering critical thinking, teamwork and global awareness.

We join our students every step of their educational journey. The rigorous academics, enlightening campus activities, worthwhile internships and amazing study abroad opportunities develop our students for an enriching personal and professional lives. We will continue to provide a positive experience for our students at all of our schools and campuses. With tremendous support from the Baker community, we believe our students will be able to reach new heights, dream greater dreams for themselves than we ever dared and inspire us all.

Dr. Lynne Murray

President, Baker University

About Dr. Lynne Murray

A leader known for raising the national and international profiles of educational and nonprofit institutions, Dr. Lynne Murray officially became the 29th president of Baker University on July 1, 2014. She was announced as Baker’s new president on Dec. 5, 2013, after a national search.

Murray previously served as the vice president for development, international and alumni relations at Washington, D.C.-based Gallaudet University, the world’s only university for deaf and hard of hearing people. For more than 20 years, she has worked collaboratively with community organizations, initiating national and global partnerships, and spearheading fundraising efforts.

“Dr. Murray will bring energy and new perspectives to Baker and is fully committed to strengthening our ability to provide a high-touch, high-impact education,” Baker Board of Trustees Chair Rich Howell said. “She brings significant experience in such key areas as fundraising, revenue generation, strategic planning, fiscal management, alumni and community engagement, partnership building and reputation enhancement. Moreover, she possesses the kind of student-centered vision that lies at the core of the Baker identity.”

As vice president at Gallaudet, Murray was instrumental in setting the strategic direction for the university and securing private support to advance the institution. She worked closely with the board, president and community to raise more than $79 million to support scholarships, faculty excellence and academic programs.

Murray also worked at Georgetown University, where she was a leader in the development and implementation of the 1789 Scholarship Imperative to raise $500 million. As a senior director for advancement, she played a key role in raising $317 million in total gifts from 2008 to 2010 and worked closely with the deans, president and vice president of advancement to develop a comprehensive engagement strategy for the Mid-Atlantic region.

Before Georgetown, Murray worked at Johns Hopkins in corporate and community relations. She also served as the director for Youth Service America, where she was recognized in 1994 by then-U.S. President Bill Clinton for her leadership in creating awareness for youth service.

Murray began her career in public television as a producer and on-air personality, winning in 1992 three national public television awards for individual giving, on-air fundraising and overall development.

Murray received a bachelor’s degree in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a master’s degree in marketing from Johns Hopkins and a doctorate in special education administration from Gallaudet.

Her husband, Jeff Murray, worked at Gallaudet for more than 25 years in the fields of television and technology, most recently as the manager of video services. Jeff was a member of the U.S. Air Force before joining Gallaudet, serving in Colorado, Greenland, Greece and Texas.


Baker University’s history and culture place a strong emphasis on a system of shared governance. The faculty primarily governs academic and curricular matters, while administrative staff oversees the other functions of the University.

The University is ultimately governed by an independent Board of Trustees that exerts final authority over planning and budgeting, promotion and tenure, changes to the University constitution and faculty handbooks, and the selection and evaluation of the University president.

Academic Leadership
Baker University is composed of four academic units administered by four deans. The deans of the individual academic units operate as equal partners in matters that concern the University. Learn more about academic leadership.

Academic Leadership

The president, Dr. Lynne Murray, provides oversight of all University academic affairs, and Dr. Brian Posler serves as chief academic officer and manages the academic operations of the University. The University is composed of four academic units administered by four deans who operate as partners in matters that concern the University.

  • Dr. Brian Posler, Provost, Dean of the School of Professional & Graduate Studies
  • Dr. Bernadette M. Fetterolf, Dean of the School of Nursing
  • Dr. Tes Mehring, Dean of the School of Education

Associate and assistant deans support the academic units:

  • Dr. Carol Moore, Associate Dean of the School of Nursing
  • Martha Harris, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Judy Smrha, Assistant Dean for Student Engagement & Success, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Jacob Bucher, Associate Dean of the School of Professional & Graduate Studies

The academic legislative structure of the University is governed by the University Constitution, which stipulates the governing bodies and their responsibilities for each of the four academic units. Each school or college has a primary governing body with associated standing committees. The governing bodies for CAS, SON and SPGS are faculty senates. SOE refers to its governing body as the Professional Education Council.

The process for academic legislation is consistent throughout the four schools. Standing committees make recommendations regarding curriculum and academic policy changes to their appropriate governing bodies. The faculty senates and Professional Education Council forward recommendations regarding new programs, admission or graduation requirements, constitutional amendments and catalog or faculty handbook changes to the University Academic Council (UAC). The UAC consists of the deans of the four schools and faculty representatives from each school. Following approval by the UAC, recommendations are then forwarded to the Board of Trustees for final approval.

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