Baker College Announces New Executive Appointments

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Dr. Aaron Maike Named President of Muskegon Campus; Dr. Denise Bannan Reprises Role as President of Baker College Owosso

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“Both Denise and Aaron are long-time Baker leaders whom we have come to rely upon for their governance and expertise,” said Bart Daig, Baker College System system president.

Michigan’s largest independent not-for-profit college with 12 campus and extension sites across the state and online degree programs accessible worldwide – has announced the appointment of Dr. Aaron Maike as president of its Muskegon campus, and Dr. Denise Bannan as president of the Owosso campus, effective Nov. 1, 2017. The announcement was made by Dr. Bart Daig, Baker College system president.

Maike, transitioning to Muskegon from his role as president of the Owosso campus, has been with Baker College since 1997. He has served as president of Baker College Owosso since 2014, and in Muskegon will replace Lee Coggin, who retired this month. Prior to his role as Owosso campus president, Maike served as president of Baker College Allen Park. He also is familiar with the Muskegon campus he’ll now oversee, having served there as director of financial aid from 2003 to 2006.

Bannan, who currently serves as provost of Baker College, will maintain that positon while also taking on the role of president of the Owosso campus, replacing Maike. Bannan has been with Baker College since 1984, and has served as provost and system vice president of academics since 2008. She is reprising her role as president of the Owosso campus, which she formerly held for 13 years from 1995 to 2008.

“Both Denise and Aaron are long-time Baker leaders whom we have come to rely upon for their governance and expertise,” said Daig. “We know they are among the best of our BakerProud family, and we are confident the students, faculty and communities they represent will be well served under their leadership.”

Maike holds a bachelor of science in accounting from Northern Michigan University, a master of business administration in finance from Baker College and a Ph.D. in business administration from Trident University International. In his leadership roles with Baker College, Maike has maintained active community relationships in Allen Park and Owosso, including partnerships with local public schools in creating dual enrollment programs, securing student grants and more.

“I’m proud to continue serving Baker College on its Muskegon campus, and honored to be recommended for the opportunity,” said Maike. “At Baker College, we are in the business of providing opportunities, and I look forward to working with and serving the students of Muskegon, and the staff and West Michigan communities that support them.”

Bannan holds a bachelor of science in business education from Central Michigan University, and both a master of arts in curriculum and classroom teaching and Ph.D. in higher adult and lifelong education from Michigan State University. Bannan’s many community roles have included: Chair and Board Member of the Memorial Healthcare Board of Trustees, Chair and Board Member of the Shiawassee Regional Chamber of Commerce and Board Member of the Corunna Public Schools Foundation.

“I’m so lucky not only to get to return to the Owosso campus, but to be following in Aaron’s footsteps, who helped to engineer many great successes there for our students and partners,” said Bannan. “I’m thrilled at the opportunity to reengage with the community that I called home for many years, and delighted for the teams in Muskegon who I know will continue to thrive under Aaron’s leadership.”

Photos of Dr. Aaron Maike and Dr. Denise Bannan

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Founded in 1911, Baker College is Michigan’s largest independent not-for-profit college, with 12 campus and extension sites across the state, as well as 100 percent online program options, across 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Baker College’s legion of BakerProud represents more than 3,300 faculty and staff, 17,000 students and hundreds of thousands of alumni. For more information on Baker College, visit http://www.baker.edu or follow Baker College on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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