Delbert W. Baker, a veteran Seventh-day Adventist administrator and former general vice president of the world church, has assumed leadership of the Adventist University of Africa near Nairobi, Kenya.
Baker said he had accepted an invitation to work as the university’s vice chancellor, a position akin to president, and was moving there with his wife, Susan M. Baker, a physical therapist, educator, and administrator.
“Susan and I accept this position with the conviction of God’s providence and look forward to this new opportunity for service,” Baker said in an e-mail to friends.
The position is effective immediately and is a five-year term, he said.
The Adventist University of Africa, established in 2005 to provide postgraduate education to future Adventist leaders across Africa, has a theological seminary and a school of post-graduate studies that offer degrees in ministerial, leadership, and selected health care programs. The university also hosts the only Ellen G. White Estate branch office in Africa.
Baker, who served as general vice president of the General Conference from 2010 to 2015, has an extensive background in education, working for 14 years as president of Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, and as special assistant and director of diversity for the president of Loma Linda University for four years.
“Baker’s outstanding preparation in academics, leadership skills, and general professional experience suit him well to meet the challenges AUA will face during the next five years,” the Adventist University of Africa said in a statement carried by ANN. Full Report