Ronald James Baker


1924 –


Who is Ronald James Baker?

Ronald "Ron" James Baker, OC is a Canadian academic administrator. He was the first president of the University of Prince Edward Island.

Born in London, England, Baker served with the Royal Air Force from 1943 to 1947 and trained in Manitoba. In 1947, he emigrated to Canada. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1951 and a Master of Arts degree in 1953 from the University of British Columbia both in English. From 1954 to 1956, he did graduate work in the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. In 1962, he was appointed associate professor at the University of British Columbia.

While at UBC, Baker was involved in the production of John B. Macdonald’s report, Higher Education in British Columbia and a Plan for the Future, which led directly to the development of a second university in the Lower Mainland. In 1964, he became the first faculty member hired by the President of Simon Fraser University, Patrick McTaggart-Cowan. He was the Director of Academic Planning at Simon Fraser University and served as the first head of the English Department.

From 1969 to 1978, he was president of the University of Prince Edward Island. He retired in 1991.

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Aug 24, 1924
Lived in
  • London

on July 23, 2013


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