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, Academic Services.
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: Introduction to the University 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 and Elyse.
M.S. in Social Work, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
M.S. in Sport Management, University of Tennessee, Knoxville