Baker College System names F. James Cummins as board of trustees chairman

MUSKEGON, Mich. – F. James Cummins, who retired as president and CEO of Baker College System Dec. 31, 2015, has become chairman of the college’s System Board of Trustees. The appointment also includes membership on the board of regents for all Baker College campuses, including Baker College of Muskegon.

Cummins has worked for Baker College for nearly 30 years, serving as president and CEO since 2002.

Prior to 2002, he was System vice president for finance, credited with setting up the organizational model of the college that now offers nine on-ground undergraduate campuses throughout Michigan and one in Pennsylvania; an online campus that offers undergraduate and graduate degrees; an online law school; and stand-alone, world-class facilities for education in the culinary arts, transportation technology and health sciences.

For several years in the ‘90s, he concurrently served as vice president for finance and president of Baker College of Eastern Michigan, which has since been reorganized into three separate campuses located in Port Huron, Clinton Township and Auburn Hills.

About Baker College

The largest private college in Michigan, Baker College is a not-for-profit higher education institution accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It serves more than 23,000 students on multiple campuses and online. Baker College grants certificates and associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in more than 100 programs across diverse academic fields, including business, health sciences, engineering, information technology, education and human services. An impressive 97 percent of available graduates are employed. Every Baker College graduate receives Lifetime Employment Assistance—free and forever. Baker College is a pioneer in distance education and offers students the option of completing a degree 100 percent online, without ever visiting a campus. For information, visit or follow Baker College on Twitter, @bakercollege, or on Facebook,

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