Fred Baker

Fred Baker

Fred Baker

Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Director of Admission St. Louis Check my Travel Schedule

Quick Facts

Hometown: Flower Mound, TX

Degree: BA History, Hendrix College (with Distinction); MA History, University of Nebraska Kearney (Outstanding Thesis Award, College of Natural and Social Sciences)

Hobbies: Running, cooking, Civil War reenacting, antebellum-era material culture/sewing, music (bluegrass, vintage country, Americana, folk, and wind band pieces), craft microbreweries and distilleries

A word or phrase that describes me: Iconoclastic, witty

Favorite Book and Movie: Both of these are hard to answer as I am a prolific reader and enjoy movies. I would have to say Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier is my favorite piece of literature. “Unforgiven” would probably rate as my favorite movie although “The Cowboys” and “Kelly’s Heroes” rank near the top.

What is your favorite college memory?

I have a variety of favorite memories from my student days at Hendrix. My Orientation Trip certainly makes the list- I canoed the Spring River and had never been in a canoe in my life up to that point. I not only survived the trip but met one of my best friends for life on the river. Venturing to Montana for the National Conference on Undergraduate Research with a group of Hendrix professors and students in the spring of my senior year was a sensational experience. I also have many great memories of musical tours the wind ensemble and choir would undertake each spring.

What advice would you give to your incoming students?

Savor every second. Don't be too much of a wallflower. Take some chances. Be open to new people and ideas. Take a few risks. Make some memories. Push yourself. Your undergraduate years will go by so quickly. Hang on and enjoy the ride and remember … you’ll get out what you put in!

What are you passionate about?

Professionally, I am passionate about the need and qualitative worth of a liberal arts and sciences education. I believe in access to this educational path to students from all backgrounds, beliefs, ethnicities, and incomes. I am also passionate about higher education in general. Aside from my “day job” at Hendrix, I am also on the Board of Directors for the Southern Association for College Admission Counseling, a delegate for the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Colleges that Change Lives non-profit. Personally, I am passionate about food, music, half-marathons, hiking, sewing, authentic Civil War living history events, my friends, and family.

Personal Quote

I love quotes. I keep a running document that numbers many pages in length of bits of wisdom, philosophy, or thoughtful turns of phrase. Two among those that stand out- "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great deviations, who spends himself for a worthy cause, who, at the best, knows in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory or defeat." - President Theodore Roosevelt, "Citizenship in a Republic, " Speech all the Sorbonne, Paris April 23, 1910 "The ability to quote is a serviceable substitute for wit." - W. Somerset Maugham

Travel Schedule

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