B.A. in English, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S. in Social Work, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S. in Sport Management, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Bob Baker joined the University of Memphis staff in August 2011 to serve as the Associate
Director with the Center for Athletic Academic Services. Prior to joining the University
of Memphis staff, Bob was employed at East Tennessee State University from 2006 through
2011 serving as Director of Academic Services and then as Assistant Athletic Director,
Bob has responsibility for all activities related to the athletic academic compliance
and eligibility of student-athletes; serves in the role of Director in the Director’s
absence; assists with staff supervision and development and acts as liaison with athletic
compliance, academic departments, and other individuals on campus. He serves as an
instructor for ACAD 1100: Academic Strategies and also serves as the primary academic
advisor for Men’s Soccer. Bob has been a member of the National Association for Academic Advisors in Athletics
(N4A) since 2006 and has served on the Legislative Affairs Committee and as the Atlantic
Sun Conference Liaison.
Bob previously worked at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2002-2006) as the
Project Director of a college prep program for disadvantaged students and as an academic
mentor for freshman football student-athletes at the Thornton Athletics Student Life
Center. Prior to that, Bob spent 8 years in the counseling/mental health profession working
with juvenile offenders and programs for at-risk youth.
While not in the office, Bob enjoys exercise, playing golf and enjoying time with
his family at home. Bob and his wife Kathy, have two daughters, Abigail, age 13, and Elyse, age 10.