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Pearl Baker Awarded the 2012 Staff Service Award at UC


Williamsburg, Ky. - At the annual Faculty and Staff Dinner at University of the Cumberlands (UC) on Thursday, April 19th, Ms. Pearl Baker was named the recipient of the 2012 Service Award for full-time administrators and non-teaching staff members. Baker is the Director of Human Resources and has been employed with the University in many capacities since the late 1990’s.

Each year one employee from the full-time University administrative, professional, office or Cumberland Inn staff is selected for the Service Award. Four areas of service are considered when selecting the recipient: student service, visitor service, staff/faculty service and community service. This year's honoree certainly epitomizes the ideals expressed by these criteria. The honoree was named by several nominators reflecting the respect of the faculty, staff and students who are served.

Baker has been employed in the Registrar's Office, Bursar's Office, and the National Defense Student Loan Office. A member of the Advisory Board for Professional Home Health Care Agency, Inc, she serves as the committee secretary.

Ms. Baker, who comes from a family of seven children, attended Cumberland. She was one of the first students to be employed in the work-study program at Cumberland, under the direction of Robert Hoffelder. After graduation from Cumberland, she continued her education at Eastern Kentucky University, receiving a Masters of Education degree.

In the early 1980s, Ms. Baker moved to the Caribbean to live for one year, learning to do laundry on a scrub board, to live without electricity much of the time, and to cope without hot running water.

Most of you will remember the "Beanie Babies" fad from years ago. Ms. Baker was a true collector, getting up early to wait in line for the most sought after items, determined to stand her ground with the best of the fervent shoppers, if necessary. Recently, she donated her collection to the Shriner's Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, in hopes the children would enjoy them just as she had.

Actively involved in supporting breast cancer research, she works diligently during UC’s Relay for Life events to raise money. She also often attends extracurricular UC events, including the book club, musical productions, basketball games, and is a supporter of various other student and faculty presentations.

She has one son, Roger, of Miami, Florida; one very special sister Linda; and two adorable great nieces Kendal and MaKenzie whom she loves to spoil.

Located in Williamsburg, KY, University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.