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Susan Baker leaving chamber of commerce

September 15, 2011

For the first time in more than seven years, there will be a new office manager at the Baldwin City Chamber of Commerce in the upcoming weeks.

Susan Baker's final day in the BCCC office will be Friday. On Tuesday, she will be starting her new job at Baker University. Baker will be working in the Music and Drama Department.

“I've been interested in working at Baker for a while now,” Baker said. “The job came available and it was good timing for me. It turns out, I know a lot of people in that department already. It will be fun to work with them.”

Baker accepted the job on Sept. 2. She will be already be busy on her first day.

“I'll be helping organize events,” Baker said. “One of those will be the Baker Marching Festival. I think I'll be working on that as soon as I get there Tuesday morning. I will also be supervising a couple of students.”

Leaving the chamber of commerce will be tough for Baker. She replaced Sandy Cardens as the office manager in July 2005. She admitted she will miss the chamber of commerce members and the community members she interacted with during her tenure.

“It's been a great job for that period of my life when my kids were still in junior high and elementary school,” Baker said. “I could be available to them when they were out of school. It was perfect timing at the time when I needed a job like this.”

Ivan Huntoon, former BCCC president for more than four years during Baker's tenure, knows Baker will be missed as a member of the chamber of commerce.

“It's definitely a loss for the chamber and the community, because she was a wonderful asset and resource,” Huntoon said. “She basically knew everything that was going on in town, so a lot of people would go to her for things that weren't even chamber related. She was a tremendous resource for the community.

“She did a lot of the organizational stuff,” he said. “I always joked that I was the president, but she made the chamber run. There's a lot of truth to that. She was the backbone of the chamber. She did an incredible job and it was a pleasure to work with her.”

The chamber is accepting applications for the office manager position. Baker said an employment application and job description will be posted on the home page of the chamber's website,

Baker can also email them to anyone who is interested in applying. Applications will be accepted through 2 p.m. Sept. 22. The position is part-time for a total of 20 hours per week.


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