York president to retire next year
Baker, who has served since 1996, has the third-longest tenure of the 19 presidents in York’s 118-year history.
He will accept a new role as chancellor upon his retirement, dedicating his energies to fund-raising when his successor is named at the end of the spring 2009 semester, trustees said.
“We look forward to the coming year and the important work we do together each day on our campus,” Baker said in a statement. “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.”
During Baker’s presidency, York has built a new dining hall, student center and an indoor sports practice facility. The college has renovated the science building, restored the prayer chapel and opened two new student apartment buildings.
Baker came to York from Faulkner University, a sister Christian college in Montgomery, Ala., where he served in administrative capacities.
He also has preached and served at Rochester College in Rochester Hills, Mich., and Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.