VP External Affairs
Illinois Institute of Technology
Mr. Baker was named Vice President for External Affairs in March 1995. He is responsible for the University’s governmental relations, technology park development, and trustee relations. Over the past 8 years he has worked to create the University Technology Park at IIT of which he serves as Executive Director. He managed all university strategic plans from 1993 through 2009. He helped to create the Perspectives Charter Schools/IIT Math & Science Academy and serves on its Board of Directors. Prior to joining the University, Mr. Baker served as President of The Illinois Coalition, whose mission is to strengthen the Illinois economy through science and technology. From 1980 to 1989, Mr. Baker served as the Executive Vice President of the Illinois State Chamber of Commerce, the state’s largest business advocacy organization. Mr. Baker serves on the board of the Association of University Research Parks and the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center. He is a member of the Mayor’s Council of Technology Advisors and the Economic Club of Chicago. Mr. Baker holds an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and an A.B. in History with a minor in Economics from Stanford University. He is married, has two children and lives in Chicago.