Let’s meet new leaders
Those weren't just fireworks around July 1 that were heard as large noises around Baldwin City. No, those other noises were the changing of the guard at the top of the community's educational structure.
Patricia Long took over July 1 as the new president of Baker University, replacing the retired Dan Lambert who had held the position for 19 years. Long will bring many new things to the Baker campus and we look forward to seeing what she will accomplish.
As the first female president in Baker's 149-year history, she's already well on her way in breaking new ground. We wish her the best in her endeavors.
On July 5, Paul Dorathy started as the new superintendent of schools in the Baldwin School District. Dorathy replaced James White, who also retired this year. We're equally as sure that Dorathy will bring many innovations in how to run the district as Long will at Baker.
Dorathy has hit the ground running, already serving in the lead role at Monday's School Board meeting. We could tell from what happened at the meeting that he will make a difference.
We also had the opportunity to meet with Dorathy Tuesday and were very impressed. We plan to do the same with Long very soon.
We also hope that the community will take advantage of events scheduled to meet both. Tonight at the Lodge, the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a Meet and Greet with Dorathy from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Although the event was planned with chamber members in mind, anyone is welcome to attend. It does have a cost, $25 in advance or $35 at the door. The chamber planned it as a fund-raiser for the Baldwin Education Foundation. There is also another chance to meet Dorathy later.
On Friday, Baker is welcoming the community to come meet Long at an ice cream social from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Hartley Plaza, just south of the union.
The school district will have a reception for patrons to meet Dorathy from 6 p.m to 7:30 p.m. July 20 at the district office. Free refreshments will be served.
Let's all take the opportunity to meet our new educational leaders. They deserve our support.