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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

July 29, 2009

Student Affairs' Elliott, Baker earn doctoral degrees

Dr. Jackie Elliott

Dr. Jackie Elliott

Dr. Matt Baker

Dr. Matt Baker

Two members of Northwest's Office of Student Affairs administrative staff have successfully defended dissertations leading to doctoral degrees in education.

Dr. Jackie Elliott, vice president of student affairs, has earned the Ed.D. in educational studies (educational leadership and higher education) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her dissertation is titled "The Relationship of Involvement in Co-Curricular Programs on Community College Student Success and Development."

Dr. Matt Baker, dean of students, has earned the Ed.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His dissertation is titled, "Change in High-Risk Behaviors During the First College Year Categorized by Gender, First-Generation Status, and Admission Index Demographics as Measured by the CIRP and YFCY."

Elliott began her career in higher education in 1989 at Highland College and has also worked at Creighton University and Barton County (Kan.) Community College. She joined the Northwest administrative team in 2006 as assistant vice president for student affairs and became vice president in 2008. She holds a bachelor's degree in communications and English from Concordia University and a master's degree in English from Fort Hays State University.

As the chief administrator for the Office of Student Affairs, Elliott reports directly to the president. Her duties include strategic planning; evaluation of the division's personnel, programs and services; and the promotion of student learning and development within a diverse and ethical campus climate. She also advocates for students while administering University policies and procedures and seeks to align student programs and services with academic success.

Baker earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from Kansas State University before coming to Northwest in 1993 as a residence hall director. He left the University in 1996 to pursue a master's degree in higher education administration at the University of Arkansas and returned in 1998 as residential life coordinator.

His subsequent positions at the University have included assistant director of residential life, associate director of residential life and director of residential life. He was named to his current post in 2008.

Areas under Baker's supervision include Campus Activities, Greek Life, intercultural and international programs, leadership development, student organizations, student government, judicial affairs and student volunteer programs.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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