American Holds Special Celebration for EMI Dean

Posted December 3, 2015 at 6:18 pm

American University’s Kogod School of Business recently hosted the first annual H. Kent Baker Day. Named after the university’s longtime professor of finance, this celebration was a chance for students, faculty, alumni and others to hear from the esteemed Professor Baker himself. In addition to teaching at American University, Baker also has served as the Year I professor at TRSA’s Executive Management Institute (EMI) since 1976 and as the dean of EMI since 1981.

The first Kent Baker Day was an idea generated by Professor Jeff Harris, the chair of American University’s Department of Finance and Real Estate, but it took a group effort to promote the event. In addition to Professor Baker’s lecture titled "Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice in Finance,” there was a display of Professor Baker's books, a reception and other activities.

Professor Baker has been a faculty member at Kogod for more than 40 years and said this is the first time he can recall a day being set aside for a faculty member. "As a University Professor, I was delighted to give this presentation and honored that Kogod declared a "Kent Baker Day," said Professor Baker. "I was also very pleased that so many people took time from their busy day to attend my lecture or to send their best wishes."

The H. Kent Baker Day lecture is available on YouTube at the following link: