Dr. Robin E. Baker, is the 12th president of George Fox University, which marks its 125th anniversary in the 2016-17 academic year. Prior to his appointment in July of 2007, he spent eight years as the university’s provost, overseeing a dramatic expansion of academic programs, including undergraduate programs in engineering and nursing. In addition to his work leading the university, he has also taught classes on the Civil War and 19th-century America as professor of history.
Dr. Baker worked previously at Grand Canyon University, Wheaton College in Illinois, and John Brown University in Arkansas. He holds a Ph.D. in Civil War and American political history from Texas A&M University, a master’s degree in history from Hardin-Simmons University, and a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Grand Canyon University.
In addition to American history, he has a special interest in the works of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and has collected several first editions of their works.
Dr. Baker and his wife, Ruth, have three children: Jacob, Rebekah and Tara, all of whom attended George Fox.
Ruth Baker, was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She attended Grand Canyon University and graduated with a BS in Elementary Education. While at Grand Canyon she met Robin and they married their senior year. After graduation, they moved to Bryan, Texas where she taught elementary school for seven years. In addition, Ms. Baker taught three years in the West Aurora Independent School District in Illinois, while Robin taught at Wheaton College. From Wheaton they moved to John Brown University in Arkansas. Ms. Baker took a break from teaching to raise their son, Jacob and daughter Rebekah. Following John Brown they moved back to Arizona, where Robin worked at Grand Canyon University and where their second daughter, Tara, was born. Later, Ms. Baker returned to teaching as a substitute in the Peoria School District. When Dr. Baker, Ruth and family moved to Oregon, she obtained a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Fox University as well as supervised student teachers.
Currently, Ms. Baker is serving as First Lady of George Fox University and working as a substitute teacher in the Newberg School District. In her spare time, she enjoys working in her flower gardens and taking photographs of various flowers, especially Dahlias.
Dr. Brad Lau, has served as Vice President for Student Life at George Fox University since 2000. In that capacity, he oversees a wide range of programs and services, including residence and commuter life, health and counseling, spiritual life, intercultural life, campus security, intercollegiate athletics, student involvement and recreation, and parent relations.
Prior to coming to George Fox, Dr. Lau was associate dean of students at Lancaster Bible College in Pennsylvania from 1994 to 2000. He has also served as director of residence life at Sterling College in Kansas, associate hall director and apartment manager at Colorado State University, and assistant dean of men at Liberty University in Virginia.
A native of Colorado, Dr. Lau earned a doctor of education in educational leadership and policy from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. He also holds a master’s degree in student affairs from Colorado State University as well as a bachelor’s degree in Christian thought and master’s degree in religion from Liberty University.
In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Dr. Lau teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level and has published a number of book reviews and articles. Further, he has served as president of the Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD) and chair of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) Senior Student Development Officers Commission.
He is married to Pamela Havey Lau and the couple has three daughters, two in college and one who is a senior in high school. They live in Newberg, Oregon where Mr. Lau enjoys time with family, reading, and playing tennis among other activities and interests.