Dr. Warren Baker has been named dean of the School of Education at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Dr. Baker is a 1975 graduate of UNCP and served as interim dean of the School of Education for the past 10 months. The announcement came after a national search to fill the position.
Dr. Baker's career is marked by lengthy and successful service to UNCP and to the field of education.
"Dr. Warren Baker has a long and successful association with UNC Pembroke," said Dr. Roger Brown, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. "He earned his bachelor's degree and Advanced Teaching Certificate here, then he held several important administrative posts on campus and in the public schools before returning to a School of Education faculty position in 2000. Along the way, Dr. Baker was director of Admissions, director of Institutional Research and Planning, a faculty member, director of University-School Partnerships, interim Dean of education, and now dean of education."
"Rarely has any candidate had such a broad record of involvement in critical areas of the university," Dr. Brown said. "His knowledge of UNCP and of the school communities in our region will be invaluable to us as we continue our exemplary record of teacher education for the 21st century."
Dr. Baker has been instrumental in guiding the School of Education through several important milestones and achievements.
- The school was reaccredited by NCATE (National Council For Accreditation of Teacher Education) in 2003.
- The Department of Public Instruction gave the school "exemplary" for the third consecutive year in 2002-2003, one of only three universities to achieve that record.
- And, the number of students seeking teacher certification has grown by 78 percent (to 812) since 1999 as the university works to solve teacher shortages in North Carolina.
Dr. Baker said he feels honored and challenged by the future.
"It is an honor and privilege to be appointed dean of School of Education, and I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead," Dr. Baker said. "I am excited about the future and the collaborative possibilities within both the University and the larger community."
"We know from the value of education today how crucial teacher preparation is to the future of North Carolina," he said. "I am confident that our School of Education and Teacher Education Program will continue to provide our state with the very best classroom teachers and administrators and make even greater contributions as a leader in the field of education."
Dr. Baker received his Doctor of Education degree from Campbell University, a Master of Arts in Education in intermediate school education from Fayetteville State University and a Master of Arts in Education in counselor education from East Carolina University.
He is a member of a number the UNCP Graduate Council, the Teaching Fellows Advisory Council, the North Carolina Task Force on Middle Grades Education. At UNCP, Dr. Baker teaches courses in educational research and middle grades.