UNCP names Baker
dean of School of Education
Warren Baker has been named dean of the School of Education at The University
of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Dr. Baker is a 1975
graduate of UNCP and served as interim dean of the School of Education
for the past 10 months. The announcement came after a national search
to fill the position.
Dr. Baker's career
is marked by lengthy and successful service to UNCP and to the field
Baker has a long and successful association with UNC Pembroke,"
said Dr. Roger Brown, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.
"He earned his bachelor's degree and Advanced Teaching Certificate
here, then he held several important administrative posts on campus
and in the public schools before returning to a School of Education
faculty position in 2000. Along the way, Dr. Baker was director of Admissions,
director of Institutional Research and Planning, a faculty member, director
of University-School Partnerships, interim Dean of education, and now
dean of education."
any candidate had such a broad record of involvement in critical areas
of the university," Dr. Brown said. "His knowledge of UNCP
and of the school communities in our region will be invaluable to us
as we continue our exemplary record of teacher education for the 21st
Dr. Baker has been
instrumental in guiding the School of Education through several important
milestones and achievements.
- The school was
reaccredited by NCATE (National Council For Accreditation of Teacher
Education) in 2003.
- The Department
of Public Instruction gave the school "exemplary" for the
third consecutive year in 2002-2003, one of only three universities
to achieve that record.
- And, the number
of students seeking teacher certification has grown by 78 percent
(to 812) since 1999 as the university works to solve teacher shortages
in North Carolina.
Dr. Baker said he
feels honored and challenged by the future.
"It is an honor
and privilege to be appointed dean of School of Education, and I look
forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead," Dr.
Baker said. "I am excited about the future and the collaborative
possibilities within both the University and the larger community."
"We know from
the value of education today how crucial teacher preparation is to the
future of North Carolina," he said. "I am confident that our
School of Education and Teacher Education Program will continue to provide
our state with the very best classroom teachers and administrators and
make even greater contributions as a leader in the field of education."
Dr. Baker received
his Doctor of Education degree from Campbell University, a Master of
Arts in Education in intermediate school education from Fayetteville
State University and a Master of Arts in Education in counselor education
from East Carolina University.
He is a member of
a number the UNCP Graduate Council, the Teaching Fellows Advisory Council,
the North Carolina Task Force on Middle Grades Education. At UNCP, Dr.
Baker teaches courses in educational research and middle grades.
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