Robin Baker chosen for national board

President Robin Baker has been chosen to serve on the NAICU board.George Fox University President Robin Baker was elected to serve a three-year term on the board of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, effective with the election’s official announcement at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 2.

Baker was one of eight individuals chosen for the board and will represent Region VIII, a 13-state region that includes Alaska, California, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming and Washington.

“President Baker was selected by his peers because of his expertise in the field, proven leadership, and commitment to America’s college students,” said NAICU President David L. Warren. “He assumes his responsibilities at a time of great challenge and transformation for American higher education.”

NAICU serves as the unified national voice of independent higher education. Since 1976, the association has represented private nonprofit colleges and universities on policy issues with the federal government, such as those affecting student aid, taxation and government regulation. With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States.

Joining Baker on the board are presidents Jonathan DeFelice of Saint Anselm College, Kevin Manning of Stevenson University, Joseph Gilmour of Wilkes University, Kent Chabotar of Guilford College, David Joyce of Ripon College, Lee Royce of Mississippi College, and Larry Goodwin of the College of St. Scholastica.

Members of NAICU’s board of directors set the association’s agenda on federal higher education policy; actively encourage support of NAICU priorities and initiatives; and oversee the association’s financial administration. There are 49 members of the board and they serve three-year terms.

With more than 1,000 member institutions and associations, NAICU reflects the diversity of private, nonprofit higher education in the United States. NAICU members enroll nine out of every 10 students attending private institutions. They include traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, comprehensive universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, single-sex colleges, art institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business and other professions.