Baldwin City, Kan. — Dr. Lynne Murray was officially sworn in on Friday as the 29th president of Baker University during a small ceremony in the Lincoln-Kemper Parlor at Parmenter Hall on the Baldwin City campus.
Richard Howell, chair of Baker’s board of trustees, presented Murray with the presidential medallion with several trustees and Baker academic leaders in attendance. Worn during ceremonial occasions such as commencement and convocation, the medallion signifies the official authority and responsibility of the president.
“Today’s ceremony was very meaningful,” Murray said. “To be presented with the presidential medallion in that intimate room — inside Baker’s most iconic building – was a very special moment.”
As president, Murray is responsible for providing sound and wise leadership to the university’s academic and administrative government systems, reflecting the highest standard of professional and personal integrity. She is committed to raising funds to support scholarships for students and for academic and faculty excellence.
Murray earned a doctorate in special education administration from Gallaudet University, a master’s in marketing from Johns Hopkins and a bachelor’s in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
Named Baker’s president on Dec. 5, 2013, Murray officially took over Baker’s top leadership position on July 1, 2014. She will wear the medallion while presiding over her first Baker commencement ceremonies on Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Collins Center.
“The university is fortunate to have her leadership and the board is pleased with the progress she has already made since taking the helm in July 2014,” Howell said.
A university-wide celebration for the campus community and the public has been set for Thursday, April 16, 2015. During the event, Murray will share her strategic vision, “Beyond the Horizon,” for Baker.
Founded in 1858 and the first university in Kansas, Baker serves more than 3,200 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students at the College of Arts and Sciences at the campus in Baldwin City, Kan.; the School of Professional and Graduate Studies, which serves adult learners at campuses in Overland Park, Topeka and Wichita in Kansas, and Kansas City and Lee’s Summit in Missouri; the School of Nursing at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka; and the School of Education which operates in Baldwin City, Overland Park and at sites throughout Kansas.