Dr. Robin Baker

President of George Fox University

Dr. Robin Baker

Dr. Baker became president of George Fox in 2007, and in that time George Fox has grown to become the largest private university in Oregon. He previously served eight years as the university's provost. Under his leadership, the university has expanded academic programs in professional fields, including undergraduate engineering and nursing, and graduate health science programs, including physical therapy and physician assistant. He also has overseen the addition of opportunities in intercollegiate athletics, adding football and lacrosse teams. The Portland Business Journal named Dr. Baker one of its 2023 Executives of the Year for his exceptional performance as president. 

President Robin Baker running with a group of students

Previously, Dr. Baker began his career as a history professor at Wheaton College and served at universities in the South and Southwest. He completed a PhD in Civil War and American Political history with honors at Texas A&M University in 1989.

As a professor, academic administrator and now as president of George Fox University, he has strived to make education not just the transfer of information, but also the transformation of the individual. Dr. Baker believes this is best accomplished within the context of Christian higher education, where students are encouraged to connect their Christian faith to their studies and the rest of their lives. George Fox's promise to each student is they will Be Known personally, academically and spiritually.

Teaching and Administrative History

Institution Position Years
George Fox University (Oregon) President 2007-present
George Fox University (Oregon) Provost 1999-2007
Grand Canyon University (Arizona) Senior vice president 1994-99
John Brown University (Arkansas) Assistant professor of history 1992-94
Wheaton College (Illinois) Assistant professor of history 1989-92


Institution Degree Year
Texas A&M University Doctorate in history with honors 1989
Hardin-Simmons University Master of arts in history (outstanding graduating student) 1982
Grand Canyon University Bachelor of arts in history and political science with high honors 1980

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