Baker To Complete Presidency
Board to conduct national search
York College will soon initiate a national search for a new President as Dr. Wayne Baker announced to the Board of Trustees his retirement effective at the end of the 2008-09 academic year. Wayne and Darlene have been a part of the York community since 1996, serving as President and First Lady of York College.
During the recent Board meeting, Baker accepted the Trustees’ future assignment as Chancellor of York College and will dedicate his energies totally to fundraising when his successor is named at the end of the 2009 school year.
“We look forward to the coming year and the important work we do together each day on our campus,” Baker said. “I look forward to working closely with the Trustees and the new designate in the years ahead for the success of this vitally important ministry in the Kingdom of God.”
President Baker came to York from Montgomery, Alabama, where he served in various administrative capacities at Faulkner University. During most of this time he preached for two area churches. He has also served at Rochester College in Rochester Hills, Michigan and Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. As YC President, his tenure is the third longest of the nineteen presidents to serve York over its 118-year history.
Throughout Baker’s presidency, great strides have been made in regards to York College’s physical plant including the construction of the Phyllis J. Mackey Center (dining hall and student center), Holthus Fieldhouse (indoor sports practice facility), the renovation and equipping of Dean Sack Hall of Science, the newly restored Prayer Chapel, and two new residential apartments which opened for student occupancy in the fall of 2006.
Over the last twelve years York College has successfully advanced in its four-year programs, offering now over 40 bachelor degrees and disciplines of study. Dr. Baker has worked closely with the city of York and the state of Nebraska to ensure the College’s success as a leader among higher educational institutions. The economic impact that York College has on the community of York alone is estimated to be $25 million each year.