PULLMAN — Douglas D. Baker, vice provost for academic affairs at Washington State University, has been named provost and executive vice president of the University of Idaho.
Baker has worked in a variety of roles in his 24 years at WSU. Since 2003, he has served as director of WSU’s Office of Undergraduate Education. The start date for his job at the University of Idaho is Aug. 8.
“I wish Doug Baker well as he assumes his new role as Provost at the University of Idaho,” said WSU Provost Robert Bates. “He is an engaging and talented academic administrator. His background in organizational structure and management and experience in strategic planning will be a strength in his contributions to advancing the mission of the University of Idaho. As an added bonus, I expect that we will see enhanced programmatic linkages due to the close proximity of the two universities.”
“Doug Baker will be a terrific provost and executive vice president at the University of Idaho,” said IU President Timothy White. “We are delighted to have him join our leadership team. His depth and breadth of experience and skills, plus an action-oriented style make him a wonderful fit for the needs of the University of Idaho.”
Baker was selected from a field of 52 applicants. Linda J. Morris has held the position on an interim basis since last December. She succeeded Brian Pitcher, who left the University of Idaho to become chancellor of WSU Spokane.