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Warren J. Baker Endowment for Excellence in Project-Based Learning

Warren J. Baker

Warren J. Baker

Dr. Baker was named to the role of university president of Cal Poly in 1979, the youngest campus president in California State University history. He served with distinction in that role until his retirement, July 31, 2010.

Baker oversaw the upgrade and expansion of the campus by nearly $1 billion to support the university's Learn by Doing approach, thanks to investment from a variety of public and private sources. His leadership was instrumental in the development of the university by increasing the breadth of academic programs with the addition of 20 majors, 72 minors and 15 master's degree programs. He raised the awareness of the university to a nationally recognized level and U.S. News and World Report ranked Cal Poly the best public master’s university in the West for the final 18 years of his tenure.

The purpose of the Baker Endowment is to support hands-on, project-based learning opportunities for students at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. 

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