Scott Baker
Scott Baker
Affiliated with Business Administration, International Business
Biography

Baker was previously Associate Dean at the Stiller School of Business (SSB) and an Associate Professor teaching International Business and Internships, and he has also developed and taught courses in Champlain's innovative Integrated Business Experience sequence and the International Business Capstone. Baker helped develop and co-manages the prestigious Freeman Foundation Asia Internship grant program for the SSB, which to date has sent over 100 students to China for summer internships and cultural immersion. He joined Champlain in 2005.

Baker holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Vermont, an M.Sc. in International Affairs from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Carleton College. He also has completed graduate courses and attained a certificate in conflict mediation.

Prior to his career in academia, Baker worked in the financial sector, managing corporate retirement plans for Goodyear, Pacific Bell, and Delta Airlines, and he lived abroad and studied international business and political economy in China, Mexico, Nigeria and several European nations.

Baker has published articles and presented on the role of business in socio-economic development and conflict transformation, as well as global internships, and he has coauthored a book that compares political development and democratization practices between different regional organizations.

He has served as an analyst for Freedom House, working on political development and human rights issues, and is co-founder and a board member for Global Reach Partnerships. Baker also serves as an advisory board member for a Nigerian non-governmental organization. At Champlain, Baker is a board member for both the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry and the Sarah Ramsey Strong Foundation, and he has adopted many of the principles of appreciative inquiry in his personal and professional life.  

Baker lives in South Burlington, Vermont, with his wife, Becca, and their three children.  He and his family are avid outdoor enthusiasts; when not at work, Scott may be found on a paddleboard, jogging path, mountain bike trail or ski slope.

Things You'd Never Guess About Scott Baker!
  • has lived in six countries
  • loves paddle boarding, running, mountain biking and skiing
  • has turned into a beer snob after living in Vermont
  • climbed a volcano in Indonesia at night to see the sunrise from the summit
  • is a direct descendant of Alexander Hamilton
  • almost had to be evacuated from China during an intense political situation with Taiwan
  • managed retirement plans for Goodyear and Delta Airlines
  • helped clean up an oil spill in the Nigerian Delta
Quote

"I am very proud to work at an institution that truly empowers and transforms students' lives. Every day, I get to work with inspiring faculty and staff who are dedicated to educating and empowering our students. We are in the business of changing students' lives, something we take very seriously, and I see the results every year, from first-year students' passions being discovered and pursued by fourth-year students producing value-added work for organizations and receiving in-field job offers before they graduate. Our graduates are not only prepared to lead successful careers, but they are also prepared to be actively engaged, global citizens."