Baker has been serving as dean in MSU's College of Education, Health and Human Development since October of 2006. He earned a doctorate in adult and higher education from MSU in 1990, and a master's of education in adult and higher education, also from MSU, in 1983. His bachelor's degree in modern languages (French and Spanish) is from the University of Virginia.
Baker has a long association with MSU's College of Education, Health and Human Development. In addition to his work since 2006 as dean, Baker served as associate dean from 1999-2005. He has also twice held the position of interim dean, from 1998-1999 and again in 2005-2006. From 1991-1998, he was assistant dean. Baker has also taught in MSU's Department of Education.
MSU Provost David Dooley praised Baker's service to the university.
"Larry has provided outstanding service to the College of Education, Health and Human Development for many years in a number of roles, most recently in a three-year term as Dean," Dooley said.
"His leadership, dedication to students, and his effectiveness in working for the best interests of the College and the University, as well as his depth of knowledge of MSU's challenges and opportunities, position him extremely well to continue as Dean."