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Bob Baker Tapped to Lead U of M Center for Athletic Academic Services

For release: May 22, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901-678-2843

Bob Baker
Bob Baker

Bob Baker has been appointed director of the Center for Athletic Academic Services (CAAS) at the University of Memphis. He has served as associate director of the CAAS since August 2011, the last five months as interim director. Baker is responsible for all activities related to the athletic academic compliance and eligibility of student-athletes, directs a staff of academic counselors and tutors, and acts as the liaison with athletic compliance, academic departments and other individuals on campus.

In 2012-13, CAAS provided academic support services to 383 student-athletes. During that time, 228 student-athletes were named to the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll for maintaining a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or better, ranking the U of M first in the conference. Fifty-four students earned C-USA Commissioner’s Academic Medal honors by achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher, second in the conference. This is the eighth consecutive year the U of M has finished among the league’s top two schools in Academic Medal recipients.

In the most recent Academic Performance Rate (APR) rankings, compiled for 2011-12, ten U of M teams achieved a perfect score of 1,000. They were baseball, men’s basketball, men’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s golf, women’s tennis, women’s volleyball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country and mixed rifle. The 2012-13 APR scores will be released by the NCAA in October.

Baker 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.

He was employed at East Tennessee State University from 2006-11, first as director of Athletic Academic Services and then as assistant athletic director.

Baker previously worked at the University of Tennessee as the project director of a college prep program for disadvantaged students and as an academic mentor for freshman football players at the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center. Prior to that, he spent eight years in the counseling/mental health profession working with juvenile offenders and programs for at-risk youth.

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