Matt Dane Baker
2008 Award Winner
Professor and the Executive Dean of the College of Science, Health and the Liberal Arts at Philadelphia University. At the University he oversees 18 academic programs and was responsible for the initiation of new majors in Physician Assistant Studies, Health Sciences and Disaster Medicine and Management. He has 30 years of healthcare experience having held several positions in clinical, academic, administrative and research settings; and 24 years of military service with the Army and Air Force National Guard having retired as a lieutenant colonel in the Air National Guard. He has lectured extensively at many universities, conferences and workshops. He has served on accreditation site visit teams for the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. His academic interests include pathophysiology, geriatrics, cardiology, psychiatry, biological and chemical terrorism and warfare, outcomes assessment, strategic planning and healthcare leadership.
Dr. Baker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with additional study in science, a Bachelor of Science and Certificate in Physician Assistant Studies, a Master of Science in Gerontology, and a Doctor of Health Science. He did additional graduate study in counseling psychology and exercise physiology. He has also completed several higher education professional development programs pertaining to leadership, financial management, development and assessment including the Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education from Harvard Institutes for Higher Education.