Dr. James P. Baker


Role: Staff Emeritus
Campus: Springfield



  • PhD in Education, May 1995, University of Idaho
    Dissertation: Integrative Curriculum: The Integration of Vocational and Academic Education
  • Masters in Public Administration, May 1981, Boise State University
  • BA in Sociology, May 1975, Boise State University, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Kappa Phi

Professional experience

  • Vice President for Research & Economic Development & International Programs, 2011-present
  • Vice President for Research and Economic Development and China Programs, Missouri State University, 2005-2011
  • Assistant to the President, Missouri State University, 1993-2005
  • Chancellor, Missouri State University-Mountain Grove, 1998-2005
  • Coordinator, Missouri State University-Extended Campus, 1993-2005
  • Director, Ozarks Studies Institute, Missouri State University, 1995-2005
  • Co-Director, Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute, Missouri State University, 2003-2004
  • Director, Office of Research Administration, Boise State University, Boise, ID, 1987-1993
  • Director, Hemingway Western Studies Center, Boise State University, Boise, ID, 1987-1993
  • Coordinator for Special Projects and Program Development, Boise State University, Boise, ID, 1985-1987
  • Public Research Services Coordinator, University Research Center, Boise State University, Boise, ID, 1981-1985

Research and professional interests

Present community involvement

  • Board of Directors, Missouri Technology Corporation (appointed by Governor of Missouri)
  • Board of Directors, Missouri Biotechnology Association
  • Board of Directors, Springfield Innovation, Inc.  
  • Member, Local Issues Public Policy Task Force, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Directors, St. John’s Medical Research Institute, Inc.
  • Member, Springfield International Business Council

University service

  • Member, Administrative Council
  • Member, Executive Budget Committee
  • Chair, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Management Team (HIPAA)
  • Member, China Management Group
  • Member, Broadcast Services Management Committee
  • Member, Professional Education Through Technical Education (PETT)
  • Member, Environmental Management System Policy Panel
  • Member, MSU/City Staff Group

Awards and honors

2004 Friend of the Industry Award in recognition of outstanding contribution to establishment  of the Missouri Wine and Grape Industry. Presented by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

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