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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 1, 2011

Dr. Matt Baker named vice president of student affairs

Dr. Matt Baker

Dr. Matt Baker

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University announces the naming of Dr. Matt Baker as its vice president of student affairs. The Northwest Board of Regents approved the position at its July 28 meeting.

"Dr. Baker brings a great deal to our student affairs division, and he is highly regarded by our Northwest staff and faculty as well as our students," Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. "Since arriving at Northwest he has served in various roles within our student affairs division and provided guidance to numerous student leaders. He is a superb mentor and advocate for our students."

As vice president of student affairs, Baker's duties include promotion of student learning and development, aligning student programs and services with academic success and advocating for students while administering University policies and procedures.

Baker, who had served as dean of students since 2008, will continue the responsibilities he held with that position as well as those associated with the vice president role. He assumes the responsibilities of Dr. Jackie Elliott, Northwest's former vice president of student affairs, who announced her resignation in March and became president of North Arkansas College July 1.

"I am excited about this opportunity to build on the strong foundation within student affairs," Baker said. "We have an excellent team dedicated to the University's mission of student success." 

The Division of Student Affairs includes the offices of campus activities and residential life, Greek life, intercultural programs, leadership development, student organizations, student government, judicial affairs and volunteer services. Auxiliary services - which includes dining services, the Bearcat Bookstore, Student Union operations, scheduling and residential facility management - and Wellness Services - which includes the health clinic, personal development and counseling services, and health education - also operates within the division.

Baker joined the Northwest staff in 1993 as a residence hall director before leaving in 1996 to work on his master's degree in higher education administration at the University of Arkansas.

He returned to Northwest in 1998 as residential life coordinator for student services and subsequently served as assistant director of residential life, associate director of residential life and director of residential life.

Baker earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Kansas State University. He also holds a doctorate in educational leadership and policy analysis from the University of Missouri-Columbia, which he completed in 2009.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468