Fred Baker, Director of Admission, is a graduate of the Class of 2000 with a degree in history, with distinction, and holds the honor of having taken more history classes at Hendrix than any student in the College's century-plus existence.
A “Marcus Marauder” from Flower Mound, Texas, Fred remains a Texan at heart in spite of his fifteen years at Hendrix- four as a student and the past eleven as a member of the admission team. Fred is working toward completion of a Master’s degree in history with a focus on military history and has published several articles on Civil War material culture.
When not traveling across the country to meet with students, Fred is a consummate reader of all things historical and is an active member of the "Texas Ground Hornets”- a history-focused organization centered on capturing the experience of living as a Civil War combatant. As a foodie, Fred enjoys experiencing the local flavor of each destination. He is an avid cook, a part-time tailor, remains quasi-competent on the euphonium, and is a bluegrass, folk, and vintage-era country music devotee.
Fred also enjoys the natural splendor of Arkansas. Backpacking and primitive camping in the Kiamichi River Valley on the state’s western boundary and kayaking the Spring River on the Arkansas/Missouri border are among his favorites. Family camping trips to Wooly Hollow State Park are much loved as well.
“Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” - Abigail Adams