Whitney Baker, current Area Coordinator for the Residence, Lohe and Grossman residence halls, will be leaving Wartburg after May Term this year.
“Even though I didn’t have a background with Wartburg, I was really excited to have the opportunity to work at a private school, which is different than anything I had done before,” Baker said.
Cassie Hales, Director of Residential Life, has enjoyed her time working with and getting to know Baker over the past three years.
“In Residential Life, it gives you a chance to interact with students for everything: from the good, to the bad, to the ugly,” Hales said.
“She really liked that because she likes the relationships she builds with student and she does a phenomenal job of building those relationships. She really excelled there.”
Baker has a dedication to service, so she said working with the Volunteer Action Committee (VAC) just made sense.
“I oversee the Residence service projects and I’m the Service Learning Coordinator for Residence Life. It was an easy transition to serve as the adviser for the VAC,” Baker said.
She is moving because her husband taking a job in Madison, Wisconsin.
“My husband has been looking for a position in the area for over a year and hasn’t found anything, so he had to extend his search to some other areas. He got a position in Madison, Wisconsin and that’s just the right move for our family right now,” Baker said.
Hales believes Wartburg has been a better place because of Baker’s efforts.
“We love Whitney and she’s a great member of our team. She’s really contributed a lot to Wartburg,” Hales said.
Even though Baker is leaving Wartburg, she is ready for her next adventure.
“I hope that in any role I do, I will serve students to some capacity. I look forward to new challenges and living in a new place,” Baker said.
“I’ve never lived outside of Iowa before, so I’m excited to live in a different state. I think you always should challenge yourself to do something scary.”
Baker’s job search will include seeking jobs at another higher education institution.
“I hope to apply for some positions at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. That’s the goal. I’m still looking,” Baker said.
Baker said she will miss the students at Wartburg.
“I’ve been very fortunate to work with some of the coolest students I’ve ever worked with. Wartburg students are some of the most driven and dedicated individuals that I’ve ever had the chance to serve. It’s been a blast,” Baker said.
Hales said looking into the future, Wartburg will miss Baker’s dedication to service.
“She’s done a great job at streamlining the Residence service projects for us. You’ll always be missing something there when you have someone who’s really passionate about service,” Hales said.
“It never seems a good time to leave a job in higher education because you’re always leaving someone behind, unfortunately,” Baker said.
“But, it’s a good time to transition to a new place.”