Voorhees has new leadership for academic affairs

November 16, 2011

Dr. Paul K. Baker was recently named the executive vice president and dean of academic affairs at Voorhees College.  Previously, he served as dean of social sciences and chair of the Department of History, Government and Public Policy at Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh, N.C. 

With over 17 years of experience in higher education, Baker began his career as university archivist at Fayetteville State University and has served on faculties at North Carolina Central University in the Department of History and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as museum director of the Gallery of African Diaspora Art in the Center for Black Culture and History.  In addition, Baker has served as a visiting professor in the Leadership Studies Ph.D. Program at North Carolina A & T State University.

Baker was selected as an Oxford Roundtable Fellow at Oxford University, Oxford, England where he lectured on Race Policy, a Gilder-Lehrman Fellow at Yale University in the Center for Slavery and Abolition and a Ford Fellow at the University of Virginia in the Carter G. Woodson Institute.  His research has been in the areas of African American Leadership; the impact of Victorian Era culture on race, resistance and gender issues of African Americans; and the Black Intellectual Movement of the early twentieth century.  In addition, Baker has presented research on the impact of technology, retention and re-branding of historically black colleges and universities.

A devotee to service, Dr. Baker serves on boards of national and state agencies.  He was recently appointed by North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue to the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Museum of History.  As a board member, Baker helps to oversee administrative hires, corporate development, liaison funding relationships with the General Assembly and an annual budget in excess of $12 million.

In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Raleigh City Museum, the Planning Board of the 2010 and 2011 National Convention of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASAALH) and the Planning Committee for the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resource's African American Cultural Celebration.  He is also a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., and co-chairs Brothers with Books, Inc., a program which provides hundreds of books annually to underprivileged and underserved grade school students to increase literacy.   

Baker, a native of Fairmont, North Carolina, received a B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Art/African American Studies, M.A. from North Carolina State University in History and a Ph.D. from North Carolina A & T State University in Leadership Studies from the School of Education.  He completed Harvard University's Management Development Program in the Graduate School of Education and Cornell University's Program in Policy Development. 

President Sellers said that Baker's experience in academia will be a great asset to Voorhees. "I feel confident in Dr. Baker's ability to move our Academic Affairs division forward," Sellers said. "Our students will benefit immensely from Dr. Baker's leadership."