About Robin Baker

Robin Baker has dedicated his career to the education of the whole person.

As a professor, academic administrator and now as president of George Fox University, he has strived to make education not just the transfer of information, but also the transformation of the individual. Dr. Baker believes this is best accomplished within the context of Christian higher education, where students are encouraged to connect their faith to their studies and the rest of their lives. Before coming to George Fox in 1999 as chief academic officer, Dr. Baker worked at three Christian universities.

Since he became president in 2007, George Fox University has grown to become the third-largest private university in Oregon, but it still promises each student they will be known personally, academically and spiritually.

A native of Phoenix, Ariz., Dr. Baker completed a doctorate in history with honors at Texas A&M University. He has a special interest in the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and has collected several first editions of their works.

An all-state high school athlete and college basketball player, Dr. Baker continues to be an avid runner. Each fall he competes with the university’s national powerhouse women’s basketball team in their preseason mile-and-a-half run. Each year he finishes at or near the front of the pack.

Dr. Baker and his wife, Ruth, have three children: Jacob, Rebekah and Tara. All have attended George Fox.

Teaching and Administrative History

Institution Position Years
George Fox University (Oregon) President 2007-present
George Fox University (Oregon) Provost 1999-2007
Grand Canyon University (Arizona) Senior vice president 1994-99
John Brown University (Arkansas) Assistant professor of history 1992-94
Wheaton College (Illinois) Assistant professor of history 1989-92


Institution Degree Year
Texas A&M University Doctorate in history with honors 1989
Hardin-Simmons University Master of arts in history (outstanding graduating student) 1982
Grand Canyon University Bachelor of arts in history and political science with high honors 1980