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Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance

Joseph J. Baker, CPA, MBA

Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance
tel: 610-499-4156
jjbaker@widener.edu

Joseph J. Baker, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance, joined Widener University in May 1999 and directs the daily administrative and financial matters of the university. His responsibilities include enrollment management, athletics, operations and maintenance, information technology, human resources, compliance, risk management, legal, and campus safety, as well as all financial functions. He was Chair of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee for the university’s first comprehensive strategic plan, Vision 2015, and is currently serving as Co-chair of that same committee for the Vision 2021 strategic plan.

Prior to joining Widener, Mr. Baker spent 20 years in the insurance industry, first at Philadelphia Life Insurance Company and then at Union Fidelity Life Insurance Company/Combined Insurance Company of America Group Division. He served as Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Union Fidelity and was responsible for financial planning and operations.

Mr. Baker currently serves on the Board of Directors of University Technology Park, Widener Partnership Charter School, the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers (EACUBO), and The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia. He also serves on the member services committee of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania.

Senior Vice President Baker received his bachelor of science in accounting from LaSalle University and a master of business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He attended the Institute for Educational Management program at Harvard University.

He has also taught courses as an adjunct faculty member for the Widener masters of public administration program.