Former Jefferson College Administrator Named Southeast Dean of Students


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Dr. Larry Baker of Murphy, N.C., has been named dean of students at Southeast Missouri State University.


May 11, 2007 – Dr. Larry Baker of Murphy, N.C., former vice president of student services at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo., has been named dean of students at Southeast Missouri State University.

Baker was selected after a national search and was appointed to the position following a closed session meeting of the Southeast Board of Regents today. He will begin his new duties June 18. He replaces Dr. Irene Ferguson who resigned last year to accept a new position at the College of Notre Dame in Maryland. Trent Ball, assistant dean of students and director of Minority Student Programs at Southeast, has been serving as interim dean of students this academic year.

“Being able to serve as Dean of Students at Southeast Missoiuri State University is, for me, a culminating professional experience.  I believe the goals and challenges of the University will allow me to make excellent use of my knowledge, skills, abilities and interest in higher eduction student personnel work,” Baker said. “This is what I look for in a professional experience and accordingly, I am eagerly anticipating assuming my responsibilities as Dean of Students.  I hope to both maintain the current quality of the programs in place and to improve service to students where needed.”

Baker served as the senior student affairs officer and advisor to the president regarding student issues and concerns at Jefferson College from 1994 to 2003. There, he provided institutional leadership in the design, development and implementation of programs and services supporting the academic mission of the College.

During his tenure at Jefferson College, he served as a member of the Experience Jefferson County Board, the Hillsboro Lion’s Club, the Mastodon Park Arts and Science Fair Steering Committee and Families First. He remains a member of the Jefferson County School Counselor Association.

Currently, he is executive director and owner operator of Tri-State Sleep Study Laboratory in Murphy, N.C., a position he took after serving as director and owner operator of Design and Construction in Mapaville, Mo.

Previously in his career, Baker served as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Educational Administration and Counseling at Southeast. He also has taught both undergraduate and graduate level education courses at Indiana University East, Lewis-Clark State College and the University of Arkansas.

Baker also has served as vice chancellor of student services at Indiana University-East Richmond; executive director of Interactive Student Development Software in Lewiston, Idaho; dean for student development at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston; director of student development at Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle, Ill.; counselor in the Student Development Center at University of Arkansas-Fayetteville; research associate with the Project Career Education Leadership Interaction Teams Counselor Education Program at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville; and a resident hall director at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

He is a member of the National Academic Advising Association and the Association for Student Judicial Affairs. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy, a master’s degree in education, counseling and guidance and a doctoral degree in counselor education, all from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

The dean of students, reporting to the provost, is the primary advocate for all Southeast Missouri State University students. The dean works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and other administrators to enhance student learning and personal development. Specifically, the dean works to ensure that students understand their responsibilities and rights as members of the academic community. In addition, the dean is responsible for the development, supervision, and evaluation of units assigned to the area of Student Development. Currently, these units include the Learning Enrichment Center; Center for Health and Counseling; Substance Abuse Prevention and Education; Minority Student Programs; Student Support Services; Judicial Affairs; McNair Scholars Program; and Pre-Collegiate Programs (Gear Up and Upward Bound). These units provide personal counseling and health services, crisis intervention and coordination, academic success skills training and tutoring, accommodations for students with disabilities, and advocacy related to general student concerns. This area also includes programs that provide access to higher education for underserved populations and works to integrate student populations historically underrepresented in higher education into the community of scholars at Southeast. The dean also serves as a member of the Council of Deans.