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Baker Named Director of WIU School of Agriculture

June 23, 2014

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MACOMB, IL -- Andy Baker has been named the director of the School of Agriculture at Western Illinois University, effective July 1, according to College of Business and Technology Dean Tom Erekson. Baker has served as the interim director since July 2013.

Baker joined Western's faculty in August 1999. He served as the interim department chair from 2003 to 2005.

At Western, Baker has served as the adviser of the Collegiate FFA (CFFA) Chapter/Post-Secondary Agriculture Organization (PAS) Chapter/Ag Ed Club. He is also active in the Illinois FFA Association. Prior to teaching at Western, he was an assistant professor at Murray State University and an adjunct assistant professor at University of Missouri-Columbia. Baker is a member of the American Association for Agricultural Education, Phi Delta Kappa, American Vocational Association and the National Association for Agricultural Educators. He is also a member of the Illinois Association of Vocational Agricultural Teachers. In 2002, Baker was selected as the National FFA delegate coordinator and also received the Illinois State FFA Honorary Degree.

"Under Dr. Baker's leadership, the School of Agriculture will continue to provide its students with an outstanding education," Erekson noted.

Baker received his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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