Born on November 23, 1941 in Sacramento, California, Jeffrey Baker was inaugurated as the eighth president of Luther College on Saturday, November 23rd, 1996.
While at Luther, Jeffrey Baker moved the Office of the President to a more central location, altered the organization of the administration, and attempted to expand Luther's endowment in order to finance his campaign to create new buildings on campus. One of Baker's main goals was to transition Luther College into the 21st century without forgetting or losing the value of the college's history and traditions.
After serving as President of Luther College for two years, Jeffrey Baker was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1998 and resigned from his position on March 19, 1999. He moved to California, where he passed away on March 22, 1999.
In 1999, a group of Scandanavian-style, student townhouses was constructed and is located across College Drive from campus. In honor of Jeffrey Baker and his wife Shirley, the complex was named Baker Village.