George Fox University President Robin Baker appointed to serve on new national commission for faith-based colleges and universities

June 18, 2024

Robin E. Baker
NEWBERG, Ore. — The largest higher education association in the U.S. recently established a commission made up of leaders from 13 faith-based schools. The American Council on Education’s (ACE) Commission on Faith-Based Colleges and Universities held its first meetings in Washington, D.C. on June 4. In attendance as a speaker was George Fox University President Dr. Robin Baker.

Dr. Baker is one of the 13 leaders appointed to serve on the new commission. ACE established the commission for two main reasons – to increase visibility for the important contributions of religious and faith-based schools and to foster collaboration between religious and nonreligious colleges and universities that benefits the whole of higher education, such as access, affordability and completion.

“ACE is honored to support and convene this important commission,” said ACE President Ted Mitchell. “Faith-based institutions connect feelings of belief and belonging with intellectual expression and considering the social, economic and environmental challenges facing us today, we can ill afford for religious universities to be hidden.”

Other members of the commission’s executive committee include President and Rosh Yeshiva Ari Berman of Yeshiva University, President Rochelle L. Ford of Dillard University, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Gash of Pepperdine University, President John I. Jenkins of the University of Notre Dame, President Peter K. Kilpatrick of The Catholic University of America, President D. Michael Lindsay of Taylor University, President Candice McQueen of Lipscomb University, President Leslie Pollard of Oakwood University, President C. Shane Reese of Brigham Young University, President Philip G. Ryken of Wheaton College, President and Professor of Economics Beck A. Taylor of Samford University, and President Dwuan J. Warmack of Claflin University.

Clark Gilbert, commissioner of the Church Educational System of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Shirley V. Hoogstra, president of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, have been appointed to serve as inaugural co-chairs of the commission.

“In today’s higher education climate, it is vital to celebrate and advance the different contributions that various sectors of higher education represent,” Hoogstra said. “Religious universities offer a unique contribution to the world, and we are grateful for the broad involvement and support of the institutions represented on this inaugural committee and ACE’s leadership.”

George Fox University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best National University” and by The Wall Street Journal as the top private college in Oregon. More than 4,000 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Oregon, and at teaching centers in Portland and Redmond, Oregon. George Fox offers more than 60 academic programs at the undergraduate level, degree-completion programs for working adults, and 20 masters and doctoral degrees.

Rob Felton
George Fox University