Andrew Baker, ‘15 is the UNC Charlotte College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) Alumni Council president. He keeps himself motivated with this popular, inspirational quote: “Honor the past, embrace the present, and build towards the future.” The philosophy guided him through his time as an undergraduate in CLAS, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, Mass Media Concentration, with a double minor in Journalism and Religious Studies.
Immediately after graduation, Baker participated as a board member on the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Chapter for five years. He served as President from 2018-20. During his tenure, Andrew helped streamline many of the organizational structures and processes that scaffolded programs like the 10 Under Ten Awards, Dollars for Scholars, Senior Send-Off, Hops and Headshots and Young Alumni Signing Day, nurturing them into annual events. He continues his involvement as a major investor on the planning committees for UNC Charlotte fundraisers Niner Nation Gives and the Green Tie Gala. He also participated in the early rebranding discussions for the Charlotte 49ers Department of Athletics.
Baker is a Digital Marketing Specialist at Schaeffler Group and is also an asset to the greater Charlotte community through his development and philanthropic efforts. He is a game day announcer for the Miracle League during the fall and spring seasons and, during the summer and winter, hosts a diverse-abilities bowling league, alongside his wife and founding CLAS Alumni Council President Emily Kupsky Baker ‘15.
He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the 2021 10 Under Ten Award at UNC Charlotte, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 2020 STANDOUT Charlottean, the 2018 YUSA 30 Under 30 award, the 2018 Elevate Lifestyle 30 Under 30 award, and the 2017 Distinguished Alumni award recipient from the Student Niner Media organization at UNC Charlotte.
All positions shall be nominated and voted on by the board members. President and President-Elect positions shall serve a one-year term. The President-Elect will move into President position after the first year term.
Objectives of the Alumni Council include:
- Support the Dean of CLAS by helping to support college initiatives
- Attend CLAS and UNC Charlotte sponsored activities
- Encourage involvement of CLAS alumni in CLAS and UNC Charlotte programs
- Represent CLAS and UNC Charlotte at community events
- Be an active participant on the board by attending and preparing for meetings, participating in designated committee meetings and activities, and recommending programs or thoughtful improvements to the board.
- Seek opportunities to network and mentor students in and out of the classroom
- Participate in donor stewardship efforts
- Make an annual financial contribution to CLAS Alumni Designated fund (Minimum $250)
Council members shall be voted to a one-year term of office. Members may request an additional year term following the end of their first-year term.
Meeting and Attendance Requirements
The CLAS Alumni Council shall hold four quarterly meetings per year. Any member who is absent from two Council meetings shall be considered to have resigned unless otherwise determined by the leadership team. Council meetings shall last 1.5 hours unless otherwise noted.
Alumni Council Bylaws
For more information about the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Council Bylaws, see: College Bylaws.