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Welcome to the Office of Student Affairs

The Baker University Office of Student Affairs is here to help you as you grow academically, personally and socially.

From the day you arrive on campus to the day you graduate, the dean of students and the associate dean of students are your advocates and will provide assistance for challenges and concerns that come your way. We can assist you in all aspects of a your campus life. We are on the second floor of the Long Student Center.

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Cassy BaileyDr. Cassy Bailey | Dean of Students

I love my job as the Dean of Students! I feel so honored to work with our students through their formative time in college. Students can often be found in my office chatting about life, love, loss, or other.  Professionally, I have been at Baker since 2007 and earned my Ed.D. through the university in 2012.  Personally, I am married to Erik Bailey, 1991 Baker alum, and we have two wonderful kids and four dogs. | 785.594.8431
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Samantha Cheek | Department Assistant

My family moved to Baldwin City in December 2005 from Dallas, Texas. We have enjoyed being active in the Maple Leaf Festival and with the Lumberyard Arts Center. I previously worked in Student Academic Success here at Baker. I love working with the students!  I enjoy board games, movies, and spending time with friends. My family includes my son, Drew, my daughter, Sydney, my husband, Doug, and a menagerie of pets. | 785.594.8382
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Josh DoakJosh Doak | Assistant Director of Student Life 

Josh holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University and a Master of Arts in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He oversees fraternity and sorority life, Student Senate, and community service initiatives at Baker. He enjoys helping students find their passion through on-campus and off-campus opportunities and his personal mission is to help students experience everything that Baker has to offer in hopes they'll create a lifetime of rewards. | 785.594.8443
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Randy FlowersDr. Randy Flowers | Assistant Dean of Students & Director of Student Life

The Buhler, Kansas, native received his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University and a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. He enjoys working with many different students through his roles in orientation, intramurals, and student leadership groups and activities. Randy makes it his personal mission to help students pursue opportunities that create lasting memories at Baker University. | 785.594.8403
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Nick Goodman, Director of Residence LifeNicholas Goodman | Director of Residence Life

Nick earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication at Washington State University in 2013 and then a master’s in 2015 in higher education and student affairs from Fort Hays State. As the director of residence life, he brings with him several years of paraprofessional and professional experience advocating for student needs and growth as a resident advisor, conference coordinator, resident director, and many other positions. He enjoys helping students navigate life skills and looks forward to advising students in tackling and excelling in life’s everyday challenges. | 785.594.4792
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Head shot of Gary HandyGary Handy | Director of Career Services & Community Outreach

Originally from Mission, Kansas, Gary earned bachelor of science degrees in social science and political science from Emporia State University in 2004 and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Southeast Missouri State University in 2008. He serves as president of Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers. Gary is driven to serve and guide students through the collegiate experience and provide opportunities for them to identify and claim their next steps. | 785.594.8435
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Tim HodgesDr. Tim Hodges | Director of Counseling Center

I am honored to serve Baker students as the director of the Counseling Center. I graduated from KU, and I’m a lifelong KU basketball fan. I’m a licensed psychologist with a doctorate in clinical psychology and a certificate in cognitive behavioral therapy. Mental health issues are a common struggle for college students, so I appreciate the wise quote  “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” | 785.594.8409


Paul Ladipo, Assistant Director of Inclusion & Wellness EducationPaul Ladipo | Assistant Director of Inclusion & Wellness Education

Paul attended the University of Missouri at Columbia for his undergraduate degree in biology and the University of Kansas for his MSE in Higher Education Administration. He comes to Baker after serving as an academic advisor at the University of Kansas and as the director of survivor access at the Willow Domestic Violence Center in Lawrence, Kansas. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, he lives in Lawrence and enjoys Netflix and board games like they’re going out of style. 785.594.8473
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Sherri PahcoddySherri Pahcoddy
Counseling Center Coordinator | Residence Life Department Assistant

Sherri is a native of Kansas and a Southwestern College graduate. She began serving as the coordinator of the Counseling Center in 2011. Sherri enjoys spending time with her husband, Lee, their four children and three grandchildren. | 785.594.8409


Cassy Bailey, Dean of Students
fax: 785.594.4568

P.O. Box 65
Baldwin City, KS 66006-0065

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