Archive for Thursday, March 16, 2006

Good choice for Baker University

March 16, 2006

It was a pain-staking process, but in the end, Baker University came out as a winner in its search to replace President Dan Lambert.

Those are going to be tough shoes to fill. Lambert has served as Baker's president for 19 years and the list of his accomplishments is endless. He's served Baker proudly and will be missed.

Baker's Board of Trustees showed vision and courage to move onward from Lambert's tenure. The choice of Patricia Long, currently a vice chancellor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, shows that.

It wasn't an easy thing to do to choose the first female president at Baker in the school's storied 148-year history. But, it was the right thing to do on many levels. Long's qualifications were impeccable. She knows what she's doing and she showed that in sterling fashion during last week's news conference to announce her choice.

"It's a big job to fill," Long said. "I have known about Dan Lambert and his leadership for years. He is like an icon. Trying to fill his shoes is almost impossible. It will take the effort of everyone in this room to come close to doing that."

She's exactly right and was exactly the right choice.

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