PULLMAN, Wash.–Professor of management Douglas D. Baker has been appointed vice provost for academic affairs at Washington State University, effective Aug. 3.
Baker has been a member of the College of Business and Economics faculty since 1981 and has been on the WSU Vancouver faculty since 1996. He served as vice chair of the Faculty Senate in 1993-94 and chair in 1994-95. He was the Senate’s Legislative Representative during the 1994 session in Olympia.
Receiving a bachelor’s degree in business from Colorado State University in 1977, Baker earned a master’s degree in management from CSU and a doctorate in business from the University of Nebraska.
His professional organization memberships include the Academy of Management, the American Sociological Association and the Decision Sciences Institute.
Baker was chosen from a list of four finalists who all are senior WSU professors. He succeeds Geoffrey Gamble, who resigned earlier this year to become provost at the University of Vermont. Serving as interim vice provost has been Kenneth Casavant, professor of agricultural economics.
Making the appointment, Provost Gretchen Bataille said, “Doug Baker brings to the position his experiences as chair of the University Senate and as a faculty member both in Pullman and Vancouver. His legislative experience will be valuable as we enter into the biennial budget process; and his academic training in management and planning will be useful in providing direction for the institution.”

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