Baker University names new vice president
Baker University President Patricia N. Long Tuesday announced the appointment of Mark Bandre´ (pronounced Ban-dray) to the position of vice president of enrollment management and student development at Baker University. In his new role, Bandre´ will provide leadership for the areas of admissions, financial aid and student development.
“I am pleased Mark has decided to join the Baker University administrative team,” Long said. “With an extensive background in strategic enrollment management, Mark will be focused on our Baker students from the time they apply until they graduate. I know Mark from my time working in enrollment management in the state of Kansas and his role as a Baker alumnus. I have confidence in his ability to develop a comprehensive and robust plan for all four of our schools.”
Bandre´, who has more than 20 years experience in higher education after graduating from Baker University, is currently associate vice president for enrollment and director of financial aid at Hendrix College in Conway, Ark. He has been at Hendrix since August 2005 and oversees all phases of a financial aid operation that annually manages more than $35 million in federal, state, private and institutional funds.
He will work closely with Long in the coming months to establish specific enrollment management goals before officially beginning his new duties at Baker on June 1.
“I plan to devote my first 60 days at Baker listening to the university community to learn more about the Baker culture of 2010 and where we are headed,” Bandre´ said. “I look forward to teaming with Dr. Long, the rest of the administrative personnel and faculty to form a vision that includes working to unify all parts of the university toward enrolling qualified students and retaining as many as possible of these individuals through graduation. We will work to maintain appropriate average class sizes, make maximum use of the residence hall facilities in Baldwin City and classroom space on all campuses. The most effective enrollment management programs literally include every member of the community.”
Bandre´ said it was vital to establish a plan and vision for all four schools — the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Professional and Graduate Studies, School of Nursing and School of Education.
“Reaching a ‘one-Baker’ mindset across all phases of the university makes the most sense for Baker’s future,” Bandre´ said. “This position has a unique opportunity to help with reaching that vision. With all Baker people working together, including employees, current students, alumni and friends, we can collectively attract the appropriate type and number of future students who will succeed here.”
Before joining Hendrix, Bandre´ was the associate director of financial aid at Ohio Wesleyan University and the director of student financial assistance at Tabor College.
"I am thrilled to be reunited with Mark as he joins our Baker team," said Cassy Bailey, dean of students. "I worked closely with him at Hendrix before coming to Baldwin City and I know he is highly respected in his field."
Bandre´, a 1989 graduate of Baker University, started his career in higher education as an admissions counselor at his alma mater the year he received his bachelor’s degree in business and psychology. He has a master’s degree from Friends University and is completing coursework on a Doctor of Education in higher education administration at George Fox University.
Bandre´ has been active in several professional organizations, including the Southwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Arkansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
Trish Bandre´ also will return to her alma mater as a faculty member at Baker University’s Graduate School of Education. She will join the Baker faculty on July 1 after completing her assistant professor responsibilities at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Trish, a 1990 Baker graduate, has a master’s degree from Kansas State and a doctorate from The Ohio State University. She was a classroom teacher at Salina Public Schools and Marion Public Schools before pursuing a career in higher education. Peggy Harris, dean of the School of Education, will introduce Trish to the university community upon her arrival in July.
The Bandres have been connected to Baker University for 25 years.
“Appropriately Baker has changed in many ways over the years, but the historical perspective adds value for us,” Mark said. “ As career-long educators, we value a liberal arts perspective very much and believe Baker serves a unique place in the educational system. The opportunity to serve this special place in professional areas we have spent the last 20 years exploring, in addition to moving our children (Mason, 15, and Ethan, 11) closer to family, combine to make this move a most exciting opportunity.”