- 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
- Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, East Tennessee State University (in progress)
Bob Baker joined the University of Memphis staff in August 2011 as the Associate Director
with the Center for Athletic Academic Services. He was named Interim Director in November,
2012 and then was officially promoted to Director in March 2013. Prior to joining
the University of Memphis staff, Bob was employed at East Tennessee State University
from 2006 through 2011 as the Director of Academic Services and Assistant Athletic
Director, Academic Services.
Bob has responsibility for all activities related to the athletic academic compliance
and eligibility of student-athletes; oversees all center operations and staff and
acts as liaison with athletic and campus faculty, administration, and staff. In the
role of Director, he is responsible for center and fiscal management, APR and GSR.
He also serves as an instructor for ACAD 1100: Academic Strategies and as the primary
academic counsellor for Men’s Soccer while assisting with Football and other sports
as needed. 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 previously.
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 of 20 years, Kathy, have two daughters, Abigail,
age 14, and Elyse, age 11.