Baker University
618 8th St
Baldwin City KS 66006-0065
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 3446020
Fax 785- 5948331
Mission Statement

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

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Lynne Murray
Board Chair Mr. Skip Kalb
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1858
Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have Volunteer Opportunities? Yes
Ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Make checks payable to Baker University and mail to:
Baker University
Office of Development and Alumni Relations
P.O. Box 65
Baldwin City, KS 66006.
Financial Summary
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Statements
Mission Statement

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

Background Statement
Baker University is home to four schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing, the School of Education, and the School of Professional and Graduate Studies. With students from across the country, and throughout the world connecting to their classmates online, our total enrollment is more than 2,600 students who are engaging in all areas of discipline.

While standing in the center of our beautiful residential campus in Baldwin City, a person can turn 360 degrees and see three buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Lady Margaret Thatcher dedicated our Osborne Chapel, which was moved brick by brick from Sproxton, England. Abraham Lincoln personally donated to the construction of Parmenter Hall. William Howard Taft, the 27th president of the United States, delivered the first speech on the topic of world peace 100 yards from where our current international studies courses are held. Given the university’s rich tradition of academic excellence and historical significance—and our immaculate campus, which is a registered arboretum and Tree Campus USA award winner—it’s no surprise that George Will once called Baker University a “Midwestern hidden gem.”

Baker University has a remarkable history. But a rich past is worth nothing without an investment in the future—a future defined by global connections, accelerated pace, rapid change, and increasingly complex issues. Fulfilling the need for leaders, doers, and achievers is even more important today. Our graduates are responsible global citizens who think critically, communicate effectively, act ethically, serve generously, and live fully. Baker has achieved this by providing life-changing opportunities to our students and then sending them out into the world to change their communities. Baker has evolved to meet the needs of each generation while remaining committed to the vision set forth by our founders: to take risks, cultivate knowledge, and innovate. We’ve been built this way from the beginning—to serve our students and the communities they move on to. Our story is far from over and we are excited to lay the groundwork for changing lives well into the 21st Century.
Impact Statement
When students leave Baker University with a degree in hand, they have realized their potential to become confident, competent contributors to society. To continue to be the premier private university in the Midwest with a tradition of academic excellence, the university must continue to adapt and change. Under the direction and guidance of Baker University’s president, Dr. Lynne Murray, Baker University has been engaged in developing a comprehensive plan that fully aligns with our strategic plan, which will define the next 161 years of history.
We are pleased to announce the public launch of Forever Orange: The Campaign for Baker University to raise $28 million to fund six priorities: the Baker Fund, endowed and planned gifts, endowed professorships, scholarships, student experiences and technology, and capital projects. By embarking on a comprehensive campaign, we can continue to fund scholarships for future leaders and achievers. We can create professorships and recruit outstanding faculty to ensure that Baker stands out as a thought leader in the region. We can enhance and modernize our facilities to better serve our students, staff, and faculty. And most important, we can grow together and create a better tomorrow. By joining this campaign, you can shape Baker University’s future.
Needs Statement

As part of Forever Orange: The Campaign for Baker University, six priorities have been identified to propel the university forward for the next 161 years. The six campaign priorities are outlined here.

Baker Fund
Unrestricted gifts meet the university’s most immediate needs and fund its greatest strengths and new opportunities.

Endowed and Planned Gifts
Planned giving provides for a future gift to Baker through your financial and estate plans.

Endowed Professorships
Endowing a professorship encourages stimulating teaching, innovative techniques, and thoughtful mentoring.

Scholarships
Currently, 97% of our students receive funding to help pay for their education, and for some, this can make the difference between a dream and a reality.

Student Experiences and Technology
It is vital to provide Baker students unique opportunities to learn both inside and outside the classroom.

Capital Projects
The physical landscape of our college campus is ever changing, and we must continue to meet the needs that a 21st century college student has to learn and grow.

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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 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 major 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!
 
As a graduate of Baker University, I have the pleasure of serving as the 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 major 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! 
Programs
Description The Baker Fund generates much-needed support for the university’s most critical needs and greatest strengths. Because of their flexibility, gifts to the Baker Fund enable the university to meet immediate opportunities and needs. These funds are primarily used to provide scholarships to deserving students. Gifts of any amount make a significant difference in the lives of our deserving students. And giving percentage is a key criterion in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings. So a gift of any size to Baker elevates the university’s prominence.
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
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
Currently, 97% of Baker students receive funding to help pay for their education, and for some, this can make the difference between a dream and a reality. While some of their aid comes from federal grants and loans, for many of our students, the gap is bridged with endowed scholarships funded by Baker University alumni and friends. These endowed scholarships can make a college experience less stressful by allowing students to focus on their studies, gain leadership skills through extracurricular activities, and build relationships on campus that will last a lifetime.
 
Endowed scholarships are critical because they provide permanent funding for programs on which students can count—year after year. Just as scholarships have made a difference in the lives of those who have received them, they have also made a difference in the university as a whole. A gift of an endowed scholarship enables a donor’s impact to last well into the future, and it enables the university to attract and retain generations of high-achieving and deserving students.
 
As enrollment in each of our schools continues to grow, the need for scholarships has never been greater. Your support will help deserving men and women at each of our campuses earn a Baker University degree.
Category Education, General/Other Student Financial Aid
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
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
Professors at Baker University know their students and are personally committed to their success from the moment they step into their classroom. Not only does our faculty motivate students inside the classroom, but they also engage them as partners and colleagues in research and discovery.
 
Competition is intense for the best faculty, particularly at a private liberal arts university like Baker. Endowed professorships advance the university by encouraging excellence in teaching and providing significant opportunities for our faculty members. Gifts for endowed professorships enable the university to hire the best and the brightest faculty members—a necessity for a university to remain competitive. Endowed professorships also help fund collaborative efforts that promote student participation and interdisciplinary teamwork.
Category Education, General/Other Teacher & Faculty
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
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.  
Description
Throughout our lifetime, most of us strive to make a difference in the lives of others. We give back, as we are able, to charities and organizations that are near and dear to our hearts, and for many, that includes Baker University. But as many of us make plans for the future, we must think about the legacy we want to leave after we’re gone. We must think about how to make the world a better place for future generations.
 
Through a planned gift you can ensure that Baker University will keep its doors open to qualified students and continue to offer life-changing opportunities at all four of our schools. Endowed unrestricted gifts pay tribute to the role Baker has played in our lives and allows donors to give back in a way that will sustain the university for generations to come. Planned gifts provide for a future gift to Baker through your financial and estate plans. Your support of Baker University honors and maintains our rich tradition of academic excellence and student engagement in a respectful, inviting, and values-based learning community. Donors who include Baker University in their estate plans are inducted into the Pulliam Society, an honorary association of donors recognized and appreciated by the university.
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Population Served Adults
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Examples of Program Success Planned gifts to sustain the university for years and years to come.
Description
At Baker University, students form the core of our mission: They are the reason we exist. They will become the next generation of leaders, hard-hitting journalists, scientist at the forefront of life-changing research, and entrepreneurs that alter the landscape of the business world.
 
Through the Forever Orange campaign, we have identified the study abroad experience and much-needed technology upgrades as important facets of the student experience.
Category Education, General/Other Student Financial Aid
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Examples of Program Success More students able to study abroad and upgraded technology across the university
Description
The physical landscape of our college campus is ever changing, and we must continue to meet the needs of the 21st century college student. As Baker University continues to redefine itself, our learning and living spaces must also be redefined and reimagined. Investing in our campus and facilities is essential for creating the exceptional learning experiences that will continue to attract exceptional students.
 
Our athletic and performance spaces must be modernized. Our facilities must match the talents and aspirations of the students, faculty, and staff that use and depend on them. This campaign will revitalize and build spaces that bring the entire Baker community together.
 
Capital improvement projects as part of the comprehensive campaign include, but are not limited to, additional renovations to Rice Auditorium, improvements to our athletic facilities, and much-needed updates to various academic buildings on our Baldwin City campus.
Category Education, General/Other Student Financial Aid
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Examples of Program Success Capital projects completed across the university
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Dr. Lynne Murray
Term Start July 2014
Experience

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
Co-CEO Experience

Former CEOs
NameTerm
Dr. Daniel LambertJuly 1987 - June 2006
Dr. Patricia LongJuly 2006 - June 2014
Senior Staff
Title Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the School of Education
Title Athletic Director & Sr. Advisor to the President for Athletics
Title Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness
Title Vice President of Finance and Administration
Title Chief of Staff and Senior Director of Development
Title Vice President of Enrollment Management
Staff
Paid Full-Time Staff 238
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 0
Retention Rate 83%
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 Yes
Management Succession Plan No
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Collaborations
Baker does not currently participate in any collaborations.
External Assessment and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
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. Skip Kalb
Company Affiliation Retired, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co
Term July 2019 to
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. Spencer BreithauptMWI Animal Health
Mr. Eric ConawayProvidence Equity Partners
Rev. Dr. Ira DeSpainRetired Minister to Baker University
Mr. Anton EiselRetired, Commerce Bank
Ms. Ann FishRetired, FishNet Securities
Judge Kenneth GarrettCircuit Court Judge, Eastern Jackson County
Mr. Hoot GibsonRetired, Midwest Builders' Casualty
Mr. Scott GrauerBank of Oklahoma Financial
Mr. Jason HooperKVC Health Systems
Mr. Skip KalbRetired, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co
Mr. Brian KingKansas State Bank
Mr. Gordon E. Lansford IIIJ.E. Dunn Construction Co.
The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Lutgen Jr.Olathe Grace UMC
Mr. Mike McCarthyRetired, Green Bay Packers Head Coach
Mr. Gene MeyerUniversity of Kansas MHSA Program
Ms. Melissa NessConnections Unlimited, Inc.
The Rev. Dr. Nanette RobertsGrace United Methodist Church
Dr. Kay SchallenkampRetired, Black Hills State University President
Mr. Michael SeitzKeystone Futures, LLC
Mr. Scott SiegmanValuGuard Solutions, LLC
Mr. Gary SollarsRetired, Charlton-Manley, Inc
Ms. Brenda Stasiulis CPAMIQ Logistics
Mr. Gregory StoskopfDeloitte
Mr. John ThomsonPayIt
Mr. Dale WertsLathrop & Gage LLP
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 20
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 4
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 3
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Education
Finance
Investment
Nominating
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2018
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2019
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 6/30/2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the IRS Form 990.
  • 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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$4,701,030$2,370,132$3,074,054
Government Contributions$94,003$224,517$757,565
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified$94,003$224,517$757,565
Individual Contributions------
----$0
$44,895,724$45,045,431$44,760,625
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,267,938$1,641,567$1,641,944
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind----$0
Other$92,821$4,899$147,132
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$39,477,730$38,849,888$37,878,815
Administration Expense$10,839,490$13,322,164$11,481,907
Fundraising Expense$1,562,406$1,298,015$1,179,529
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.050.921.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses76%73%75%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$101,001,164$100,492,231$99,172,637
Current Assets$3,756,687$3,756,687$6,347,995
Long-Term Liabilities$13,836,371$14,047,431$10,581,815
Current Liabilities$30,818,830$17,858,979$19,505,871
Total Net Assets$70,182,334$68,585,821$69,084,951
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities0.120.210.33
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets14%14%11%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Goal $28,000,000.00
Dates May 2016 to Apr 2021
Amount Raised to Date $22,000,000.00 as of June 2019
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.
Other Documents
Organization Name Baker University
Address 618 8th St
Baldwin City, KS 660060065
Primary Phone (913) 3446020
Contact Email advancement@bakeru.edu
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Lynne Murray
Board Chair Mr. Skip Kalb
Board Chair Company Affiliation Retired, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co
Year of Incorporation 1858