Baker University

Baldwin City, KS   |  www.bakeru.edu

Mission

Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.

Ruling year info

1935

President

Dr. Lynne Ellen Murray

Main address

PO Box 65

Baldwin City, KS 66006 USA

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EIN

48-0543766

NTEE code info

University or Technological (B43)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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Baker Fund

The Baker Fund generates much-needed support for the university’s most critical needs and greatest strengths. Because of their flexibility, gifts to the Baker Fund enable the university to meet immediate opportunities and needs. These funds are primarily used to provide scholarships to deserving students. Gifts of any amount make a significant difference in the lives of our deserving students. And giving percentage is a key criterion in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings. So a gift of any size to Baker elevates the university’s prominence.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Currently, 97% of Baker students receive funding to help pay for their education, and for some, this can make the difference between a dream and a reality. While some of their aid comes from federal grants and loans, for many of our students, the gap is bridged with endowed scholarships funded by Baker University alumni and friends. These endowed scholarships can make a college experience less stressful by allowing students to focus on their studies, gain leadership skills through extracurricular activities, and build relationships on campus that will last a lifetime. Endowed scholarships are critical because they provide permanent funding for programs on which students can count—year after year. Just as scholarships have made a difference in the lives of those who have received them, they have also made a difference in the university as a whole. A gift of an endowed scholarship enables a donor’s impact to last well into the future, and it enables the university to attract and retain generations of high-achieving and deserving students. As enrollment in each of our schools continues to grow, the need for scholarships has never been greater. Your support will help deserving men and women at each of our campuses earn a Baker University degree.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Professors at Baker University know their students and are personally committed to their success from the moment they step into their classroom. Not only does our faculty motivate students inside the classroom, but they also engage them as partners and colleagues in research and discovery. Competition is intense for the best faculty, particularly at a private liberal arts university like Baker. Endowed professorships advance the university by encouraging excellence in teaching and providing significant opportunities for our faculty members. Gifts for endowed professorships enable the university to hire the best and the brightest faculty members—a necessity for a university to remain competitive. Endowed professorships also help fund collaborative efforts that promote student participation and interdisciplinary teamwork.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Throughout our lifetime, most of us strive to make a difference in the lives of others. We give back, as we are able, to charities and organizations that are near and dear to our hearts, and for many, that includes Baker University. But as many of us make plans for the future, we must think about the legacy we want to leave after we’re gone. We must think about how to make the world a better place for future generations. Through a planned gift you can ensure that Baker University will keep its doors open to qualified students and continue to offer life-changing opportunities at all four of our schools. Endowed unrestricted gifts pay tribute to the role Baker has played in our lives and allows donors to give back in a way that will sustain the university for generations to come. Planned gifts provide for a future gift to Baker through your financial and estate plans. Your support of Baker University honors and maintains our rich tradition of academic excellence and student engagement in a respectful, inviting, and values-based learning community. Donors who include Baker University in their estate plans are inducted into the Pulliam Society, an honorary association of donors recognized and appreciated by the university.

Population(s) Served
Adults

At Baker University, students form the core of our mission: They are the reason we exist. They will become the next generation of leaders, hard-hitting journalists, scientist at the forefront of life-changing research, and entrepreneurs that alter the landscape of the business world. Through the Forever Orange campaign, we have identified the study abroad experience and much-needed technology upgrades as important facets of the student experience.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The physical landscape of our college campus is ever changing, and we must continue to meet the needs of the 21st century college student. As Baker University continues to redefine itself, our learning and living spaces must also be redefined and reimagined. Investing in our campus and facilities is essential for creating the exceptional learning experiences that will continue to attract exceptional students. Our athletic and performance spaces must be modernized. Our facilities must match the talents and aspirations of the students, faculty, and staff that use and depend on them. This campaign will revitalize and build spaces that bring the entire Baker community together. Capital improvement projects as part of the comprehensive campaign include, but are not limited to, additional renovations to Rice Auditorium, improvements to our athletic facilities, and much-needed updates to various academic buildings on our Baldwin City campus.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - 10 Year Accreditation 2012

Financials

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Baker University

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Skip Kalb

Retired, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co

Term: 2019 - 2021

Hoot Gibson

Retired, Midwest Builders' Casualty

Gordon Lansford

J.E. Dunn Construction Co.

Skip Kalb

Retired, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co

Ann Fish

Retired, Fistech, LLC

Mike McCarthy

Dallas Cowboys

Anton Eisel

Retired, Commerce Bank

Gene Meyer

Retired, Lawrence Memorial Hospital

Scott Grauer

Bank of Oklahoma Financial

Spencer Breithaupt

MWI Animal Health

Ira DeSpain

Retired, Minister to Baker University

Kenneth Lutgen

Retired, KRL Ministries

Michael Seitz

Keystone Futures, LLC

Brian King

Kansas State Bank

Kay Schallenkamp

Retired, Black Hills State University President

Melissa Ness

Connections Unlimited, Inc.

Brenda Stasiulis

Retired, Noatum Logistics

Dale Werts

Lathrop GPM, LLP

Gregory Stoskopf

Deloitte Consulting, LLP

Eric Conaway

Providence Equity Partners

Kenneth Garrett

Circuit Court Judge, Eastern Jackson County

Jason Hooper

KVC Health Systems

John Thomson

PayIt

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/11/2021

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