Author Profile

Doug Baker | President, Northern Illinois University

Current Position and Past Experience
Doug Baker has served as the president of Northern Illinois University since 2013. This followed eight years at the University if Idaho, where Baker served as Provost and Executive Vice President.

His teaching career began in 1981 at Washington State University-Pullman, where he was an assistant professor of management. He eventually was appointed to lead the Office of Undergraduate Education and vice provost for academic affairs for the Washington State University system before being appointed executive vice president and provost at the University of Idaho.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Baker earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business from Colorado State University in 1977, and his Master’s degree in Management from the same institution in 1978. In 1983, Baker earned his PhD in Organizational Behavior and Theory from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Baker and his wife, Dana, have two daughters and love the outdoors. As lovers of the outdoors, the Baker family owns a cabin in the Chain Lakes near the mouth of the Coeur d'Alene River in northern Idaho. All four enjoy flat-water kayaking and hiking; Dr. Baker also enjoys golfing and playing basketball.

Baker is also a motorcycle enthusiast who began riding at age 14 and rides an Italian Ducati.

Doug Baker | President, Northern Illinois University
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