Baker University
618 8th St
Baldwin City KS 66006-0065
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (785) 5948308
Mission Statement

Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.

CEO/Executive Director Dr. Lynne Murray
Board Chair Mr. Gordon Lansford III
Board Chair Company Affiliation President and CEO of J.E. Dunn
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1858
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement

Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent and responsible contributors to society.

Background Statement Baker University was the first university in Kansas and is regarded as a top private school in the Midwest, serving nearly 4,000 students. Dedicated to student learning, the community is guided by the principles of integrity, honesty, compassion and civility. Founded in 1858 by a group of Methodist ministers who wanted to bring education to the settlers' rough prairie existence, Baker University values its ties to the United Methodist Church.  Baker prides itself in producing graduates who make a difference in their communities and throughout the world. Baker University encompasses four schools. The College of Arts and Sciences at the campus in Baldwin City, Kansas, is for students pursuing undergraduate degrees in any of 40-plus areas of study. The School of Professional and Graduate Studies (SPGS) serves working adults at campuses throughout the Kansas City area, including Lee's Summit, Missouri; Overland Park, Topeka, Lawrence, and Wichita, Kansas. The School of Nursing, which Baker operates in partnership with Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka, offers a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree. The School of Education offers undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Baker's academic reputation is strong. U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review consistently rank the University as a top school in the Midwest. In addition, Baker has been recognized for its value by Money magazine and Barron's Best Buys in College Education. Athletics, Greek life, and other student organizations have a strong presence on the Baldwin City campus. Ninety percent of the student body is involved in more than one activity or student organization. Half of Baker students are athletes competing at the NAIA Division II level in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. There are nine men's and nine women's sports. Four Rhodes Scholars, one winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism, two Barry M. Goldwater Scholars and one Jack Kent Cooke Scholar have graduated from Baker.  There are more than 22,000 living Baker University alumni.
Impact Statement

Baker University is the oldest university in the state of Kansas, chartered in 1858.  Baker was named a Top 50 university for economic value, nationwide, by The Economist.  Baker is the highest-ranked private university in the state of Kansas on the U.S. News & World Report's Midwest Regional Universities list.  The Department of Education reported that Baker graduates earn higher average salaries than any other grads in the state.  The Baker Wetlands Discovery Center opened in October 2015 and has hosted more than 10,000 visitors.  The Center is open to the public and as expected, is providing Field research opportunities to students throughout the region.  As we look to the future, Baker has identified several opportunities to increase the impact of the university on our students and our surrounding community.  During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the University has the goal of increasing contributions to the Baker Fund.  These gifts provide unrestricted scholarships to students.  The University is also seeking funding for endowed professorships that will advance the university by financially supporting excellence in teaching.  Baker is seeking gifts for renovations to the weight room and fitness center, which is utilized by student athletes and non-athletes.  Amongst the University's top priorities, is completing a second and third phase to the remodeled Rice Auditorium. The first phase was completed in October 2017 and was officially opened during the annual Convocation Ceremony.

Needs Statement
Philanthropic support of Baker University addresses several areas of opportunity to impact students and faculty. These include: scholarships for students, faculty development, technology to support academic excellence and delivery of new or enhanced academic programs; and physical improvements to university facilities.  Three areas of philanthropic emphasis for 207-2018 are:
  1. Unrestricted scholarship support through the Baker Fund for Scholarships.
  2. Growth of the University's endowment.
  3. Support for faculty and academic excellence through endowed chairs and professorships and funds for the development of new or enhanced academic programs.
Service Categories
Areas of Service
MO - Jackson County
MO - Clay County
MO - Platte County
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
MO - Eastern Jackson Co
MO - Jackson County Urban Core
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement

As a graduate of Baker University, I have the pleasure of serving as the 2017-2018 chair of the Board of Trustees and take great pride in my alma mater.  Our dedicated board partners with the university’s leadership team to shape a Baker that ensures opportunities for students to grow as individuals in preparation for the next stage of their lives.  Over the past several years enhancements have included a renovated Mulvane Science Hall and Hartley Hall addition, and minor upgrades to several academic and student living spaces on the Baldwin City campus. The university also completed the first of three phases of renovations on Rice Auditorium, including adding 200 new seats, updated painting and classroom and office space. Students in the School of Professional & Graduate Studies and the School of Education benefit from convenient campuses aimed at catering to the adult learner.  As you review our profile and consider your philanthropic interests, I invite you to visit one of our locations to see firsthand how Baker is making a difference in the education and personal growth of students.  Thank you for your support!

Description The Baker Fund provides unrestricted support for the university's most immediate needs, top priorities and new opportunities.  Primarily these funds are used to provide general scholarship support to deserving students.  Gifts of any amount to the fund make a difference and have a direct impact on our more than 4,000 students across our campuses and around the world.
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Adults, ,
Short-Term Success Achieving annual fundraising goals.
Long-Term Success Continued vitality of The Baker Fund to support programs that rely on annual giving.
Program Success Monitored By Constituent database enables staff to track appeals associated with the Baker Fund.
Examples of Program Success

Successfully completed a $10.3 million effort to enhance science and math education in the form of a renovated Mulvane Hall and new construction of adjoining Hartley Hall to create the Ivan L.Boyd Center for Collaborative Science Education.

Description Scholarships enable Baker to attract and retain generations of high-achieving and deserving students.  Donors can support a wide range of opportunities including student scholarships, study abroad, research projects, and internship programs as well a faculty and academic excellence.  Donors are invited to establish the name of the fund as well as the criteria for awarding funds.  A scholarship can be endowed with a gift of $10,000 or more.   
Category Education, General/Other Student Financial Aid
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Creation of new endowed funds and overall growth of the University's endowment. 
Long-Term Success Continued creation of – and sustained giving to – endowed funds that enhance Baker University now and into the future.
Program Success Monitored By Endowed scholarships are currently provided to students across all of Baker University's Schools. 
Examples of Program Success Creation of endowed scholarship funds.
Description Professorships advance the university by supporting excellence in teaching and academics.  Endowed professorships enable the University to hire and retain the best and the brightest faculty members, which is a requisite for our university to remain competitive.  Endowed professorships also help fund collaborative efforts that promote student participation such as research projects and encourage interdisciplinary teamwork.
Category Education, General/Other Teacher & Faculty
Population Served General/Unspecified, ,
Short-Term Success Short-term success can be measure by Baker's ability to attract the most-creative and engaged professors. 
Long-Term Success The long-term success of an endowed professorship will be exhibited by Baker's ability to retain the most-creative and engaged professors in a variety of disciplines.  The endowed professor will directly impact hundreds of students through the courses they teach, the students they mentor, and the academic work that they contribute to their field. 
Program Success Monitored By Faculty achievements that enhance the university's brand, visibility, and diversity will be one way in which we measure the success of this program.  The endowed positions will also be routinely evaluated by the President and Provost.
Examples of Program Success An example of program success would be an endowed professor who regularly receives outstanding teaching reviews from their students and peers.  
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Lynne Murray
Term Start July 2014

On Dec. 5, 2013, Baker University announced that Dr. Lynne Murray will serve as its 29th president. She assumed office July 1, 2014. An administrative leader who has consistently raised the national and international profiles of educational and nonprofit institutions for more than 20 years, Murray served as vice president of development, alumni and international relations at Gallaudet University, the world’s only university for deaf and hard of hearing people.

Co-CEO/Executive Director
Term Start 0
Compensation Last Year
Former CEOs
Dr. Daniel Lambert July 1987 - June 2006
Dr. Patricia Long July 2006 - June 2014
Senior Staff
Title CIO
Title CFO
Title Vice President Marketing & Enrollment
Title Provost
Paid Full-Time Staff 246
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Volunteers 0
Paid Contractors 0
Retention Rate 0%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Under Development
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Baker does not currently participate in any collaborations.
External Assessment and Accreditations
Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - 10 Year Accreditation2012
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments
Though the governing board of the university guides the university we have a secondary council that coordinates oversight for the schools and colleges within the university. The University Academic Council (UAC) is a group of both administration and faculty from every college within the university. It considers matters that are primarily academic in nature. It is this body that has responsibility for assuring integration of the programs of the University, maintaining the integrity of the institutional mission as a center of higher learning, and promoting academic and intellectual excellence through broad-based cooperation and conscientious communication.
The university's strategic plan is currently under review.  In FY 2011-12, Baker completed the re-accreditation process with the Higher Learning Commission and received the full 10 year accreditation.
We do not currently track certain statistical areas, including the ethnic demographics of our board members or staff retention rates.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Gordon Lansford III
Company Affiliation President and CEO of J.E. Dunn
Term Jan 2017 to June 2021
Board Members
Mr. Spencer Breithaupt MWI Animal Health
Rev. Dr. Ira DeSpain Retired Minister to Baker University
Mr. Anton Eisel Commerce Bankshares
Ms. Ann Fish FishNet Securities
Ms. Emmalie Gessner Cowherd Community Volunteer
Mr. Hoot Gibson Consultant, Midwest Builders' Casualty
Mr. Scott Grauer Bank of Oklahoma
Ms. Tammeria K. Hawks Community Volunteer
Mr. Richard Howell Provenance Properties, Inc.
Mr. Skip Kalb Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Mr. Brian King Kansas State Bank
Mr. Gordon E. Lansford IIIJ.E. Dunn Construction Co.
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Lutgen Jr.KRL Ministries
Mr. Mike McCarthy Green Bay Packers
Mr. Gene Meyer Lawrence Memorial Hospital
Ms. Melissa Ness Connections Unlimited, Inc.
Mrs. Margie Pearson Community Volunteer
The Rev. Dr. Nanette Roberts Grace United Methodist Church
Dr. Francois Sauer M.D.Trans Am Group
Mr. Brandon Scarborough Power Group
Dr. Kay Schallenkampt Retired, Black Hills State University President
Mr. Michael Seitz Keystone Futures, LLC
Mr. Scott Siegman ValuGuard Solutions, LLC
Mr. Gary Sollars Hilb, Rogal and Hobbs
Ms. Brenda Stasiulis CPACFO of MIQ Logistics
Ms. Susanne Teel Community Volunteer
Mr. Dale Werts Lathrop & Gage LLP
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 18
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
CEO Comments We do not currently track certain statistical areas, including the ethnic demographics of our board members or staff retention rates.
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $34,038,709
Projected Expenses $37,429,332
Endowment Value $38,515,266
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage 5
IRS Letter of Exemption
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2016, 2015: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • FYE 6/30/2014: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.  
  • Foundation/corporate revenue line item includes contributions from individuals.
  • Government revenue line item may include earned income.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$757,565$986,754$10,273,865
Individual Contributions----$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,641,944$2,926,236$6,163,402
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$37,878,815$37,084,359$31,359,616
Administration Expense$11,481,907$15,816,132$8,220,599
Fundraising Expense$1,179,529$1,673,565$1,404,979
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.981.40
Program Expense/Total Expenses75%68%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue31%40%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$99,172,637$104,570,079$105,895,149
Current Assets$6,347,995$8,264,293$14,229,939
Long-Term Liabilities$10,581,815$10,628,435$25,342,464
Current Liabilities$19,505,871$21,567,576$5,219,187
Total Net Assets$69,084,951$72,374,068$75,333,498
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.330.382.73
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets11%10%24%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years Yes
Organization Comments
Baker is a private institution, and therefore receives no public money from any source for operating expenses. Baker depends on contributions from individuals and organizations for its future and continued success.
Organization Name Baker University
Address 618 8th St
Baldwin City, KS 660060065
Primary Phone (785) 5948308
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Lynne Murray
Board Chair Mr. Gordon Lansford III
Board Chair Company Affiliation President and CEO of J.E. Dunn
Year of Incorporation 1858