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BAKER PROUD | Summer 2019

A Message from
Dr. Murray
Dear Alumni and Friends,
As we turn to another academic year, I want to take a moment to reflect on the one we just wrapped
up, and what a year it has been! Jeff and I so enjoyed seeing many of you last fall as we celebrated
a significant milestone for Baker University: kicking off the public phase of the Forever Orange Campaign and recognizing our early success in raising more than $20 million in gifts and pledges. On
behalf of the students who benefit from your generosity, we thank all of you, and we look forward to
working side by side with you to reach our new goal of $28 million.
This year also marked the introduction of a new leadership minor for students at the College of Arts
and Sciences; new MBA programs in executive leadership, finance, and human resources; and an online Master of Science in Instructional Design and Performance Technology. We will continue to look
for ways to connect today's students with regional and national workforce needs through innovative
programming grounded in our liberal arts foundation.
We know our continued focus on curriculum that will meet the needs of employers is working, as
evidenced by you and your achievements and also by national recognition from the U.S. Department
of Education. For the past several years the DOE has acknowledged that Baker graduates earn the
highest average salaries among graduates of universities in Kansas. And this year, they recognized us
as the university in Kansas most likely to land its graduates a job.
Another achievement last year was the rollout of Baker's Strategic Plan 2022: Experience. Innovation.
Growth. The strategic plan was developed over several years as the Baker community engaged in
brainstorming and planning sessions to determine what we as a university must focus on and how
best to prioritize that focus. We are indebted to outgoing chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Gordon
Lansford, for his leadership in working so closely with me and the community on the development of
this plan. We look forward to its implementation with the guidance of incoming Board Chairman Mr.
Skip Kalb.
Exceptional experience. Innovative programs. Financial sustainability and growth. With every member of the Baker community working toward these three goals, we will ensure our actions develop
extraordinary graduates who will make a difference in their communities, and we will sustain Baker's
legacy far into the future.
As testament to Baker's drive for innovation and focus on excellent teaching and mentorship, we will
move into a new category for U.S. News & World Report's annual rankings. The publication bases its
categories on the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, and we have been placed
in its new category: Doctoral/Professional Universities. We will now be ranked against national universities instead of only Midwestern institutions. We do not know what our ranking will be when they are
announced in September, but this is an exciting opportunity to be part of an elite group of universities
that are educational leaders across the country.
I hope you had a great summer, and I look forward to welcoming you all back to campus for Homecoming on October 5.
With Baker Pride,

Dr. Lynne Murray



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