Meet Dr. Mary K. Baker
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Massachusetts
B.A. Education and Psychology
Bowling Green State University at Bowling Green, Ohio
M.A. Higher Education: College Student Personnel
Pepperdine University at Malibu, California
Ed. D. Institutional Management and Leadership
UNIVERSITY WORK EXPERIENCE:
Bowling Green State University, OH
West Chester University, PA
Iowa State University, IA
California State University, Los Angeles, CA
Mary enjoyed a successful career in higher education including over 12 years of experience in the Student Affairs Division as a Director of Orientation and Leadership, a Director of Student Organizations, an Assistant Dean of Students and as a faculty member, teaching a Freshman 101 course for undecided majors. As a graduate student, she worked as a counselor in the Career Planning and Placement Office. In each position Mary collaborated with the Admissions Office in various capacities.
Later in her university career, Mary moved into the Institutional Advancement Division and worked as an Executive Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Fund, raising funds for college student scholarships and other important university academic programs. Having visited over 130 institutions of higher education, she believes that there is a perfect college for everyone, and she strives to make the CQA experience a positive one for both students and parents.
Mary volunteers for her national sorority, Alpha Chi Omega, serving most recently on the National Council as a National Vice President, and previously as the Chairman of the Foundation Board of Trustees. Her volunteer work keeps her informed about the latest trends on college campuses. She is also a member of the WACAC-Western Association of College Admissions Counseling and as Associate Member of the IECA-Independent Education Counselor Association.
Mary lives in Irvine, California with her husband, Bob - UCLA, their son, Andrew, a student Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Katie, a graduate of University of Southern California (Class of 2016).