Organizational Charts & Biographies

Dean, College of Business & Public Policy - Elisha "Bear" Baker
Phone: 907.786.4126      Fax: 907.786.4131

College of Business and Public Policy
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508

CPBB Dean Elisha R. “Bear” Baker, IV has more than 35 years of operations, project and enterprise leadership experience in engineering, management consulting, technology, manufacturing, and distribution, as well as non-profit and higher education organizations, including AMEC plc, Flour Daniel, Clemson University, Oregon Institute of Technology, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Dean Baker returned to the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2003, joining the Logistics Department in the College of Business and Public Policy.  In 2004, he became Director of the Alaska Center for Supply Chain Integration and in 2007, the Associate Dean of CBPP.  Since May 2008, he served as Interim Dean for the College and was appointed Dean in 2009. 

After earning his Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from Clemson University, he joined the Clemson faculty in 1975.  In 1979, he started the first of several companies and left the university in 1983, to focus on growing the businesses.

During the past 25 years, Dean Baker has worked with higher education and engineering construction project management companies.  Prior to returning to UAA in 2003, he taught at the University of Alaska Anchorage in the School of Engineering and later at the School of Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  He was Dean of Engineering and Management Technology at Oregon Institute of Technology.

At Fluor Daniel, Dean Baker served as the Principal Technical Specialist for the Manufacturing Group, Director of the Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering Group, Director of Management Consulting, Director of Supply Chain Management Consulting, and Project Manager and Director of Operations Technology for AT&T Wireless Project Angel.  With AMEC p.l.c., he held a number of leadership positions including President and General Manager of Simons Technologies, Inc., Managing Director of Supply Chain Consulting, Executive Vice President of Operations Analysis, Inc., and Vice President of the Technologies Division.

Dean Baker has been a consultant for Horizon Lines, Inc., DNV, Chicago Bridge & Iron, Alyeska Pipeline Services Company, Kinney Consulting, JP Stevens Co., Fluor Daniel, Daniel International, Environmental Dynamics Inc., Michelin Tire, Inc., Stauffer Chemical Co., and The Iron Ore Company of Canada, Wright Engineers Ltd, 1991 State of Alaska Reapportionment Board, Optical Electronics, and Varo, Inc.

Committed to community engagement and service, Baker has served as board member and secretary of the Alaska Science and Technology foundation, member of the Klamath Economic Development Council, and Publicity Chair of the South Carolina Boy Scout Council.  His current public service activities include membership on the boards of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. 

He is also president of the 501(c)3 organization Breast Cancer Focus, Inc., vice president of Alaska Breast Cancer Advocacy Partners, a 501(c)4, advocate representative for the Alaska Comprehensive Cancer Coalition survivorship work group, and the Providence Cancer Center.  He serves as an advocate reviewer for the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program and Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Research Program.  He is a member of the Anderson Network, providing phone support to newly diagnosed breast cancer patients.