Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

Dr. Elisha R “Bear” Baker, IV received his doctorate in systems engineering and his masters and baccalaureate degrees in physics from Clemson University.  He has served as Dean of the College of Business and Public Policy at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Dean of Engineering at the Oregon Institute of Technology, and on the faculties of University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Alaska Fairbanks and Clemson University.  His industrial experience with Flour Daniel, Simons, and Amec included process, project, and management consulting primarily in manufacturing, supply chain, and resource extraction industries.  He has started several business of his own and continues to be active in the support of entrepreneurship. 

Committed to community engagement and service, he has served as board member and secretary of the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation, member of the Klamath Economic Development Council, Publicity Chair of the South Carolina Boy Scout Council, board member of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce, and president of Alaska Breast Cancer Advocacy Partners.

His current community service includes board membership with the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, board member and past president of Breast Cancer Focus, Inc., member of the Alaska Comprehensive Cancer Partnership’s Survivorship Workgroup and advocate peer reviewer for the Komen for the Cure, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Prevention Programs and the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program in breast cancer.  He is a member of the MD Anderson Network providing phone support to newly diagnosed male breast cancer patients.