W. Gary Baker

W. Gary Baker

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W. Gary  Baker


William "Gary" Baker was born July 30, 1941.  Following military service in the United States Navy, Dr. Baker received his bachelor's degree from The Ohio State University (1965), a master's degree from Wichita State University (1967) and a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (1975).  He began his academic career at Saint Benedict's College in 1968.  Following the merger of Saint Benedict's College and Mount Saint Scholastica, Dr. Baker served as the chair of the accounting, business and economics department until joining the Washburn University faculty in 1975.  He served briefly as graduate advisor and assistant dean of the School of Business.

During his tenure at Washburn he has received the Washburn Alumni Association's John Ritchie Award (2013), The Student Life Achieving Excellence Award (2010), John and Betty Dicus Excellence in Teaching Award (2005), the Ned Fleming Excellence in Teaching Award (1993), Outstanding Contributions to "Business and Economics Society, International" (1998), Washburn University Faculty Certificate of Merit (1980) and Washburn University Merit Teaching Award (1979).  

Dr. Baker has authored two books and numerous articles.  He has served as an "expert witness" in both State and Federal courts testifying in over 1,000 cases involving civil litigation.  He, with former Washburn faculty colleagues Dr. James Eck and Mr. Reed Davis, have provided consulting services in all 50 states and three countries.

Dr. Baker's professional activity included serving on boards of directors of four local institutions, the editorial boards of two journals and an Elder in his church.  He has participated in the Boy Scout merit badge program offered through Washburn University.

Using his avocation for flying he has flown many persons needing medical attention for both Air Life Line and Angel Flight.