H.L. and Sandy Baker honored with Community Partnership Award

Sandy and H.L. Baker

On May 13, H.L. and Sandra (Moore) Baker were awarded the William P. Riethmiller Community Partnership Award at the Anderson University President’s Appreciation Dinner. H.L. and Sandy are both AU alumni and distinguished leaders for the university community, the city of Anderson, and in their church, Madison Park Church of God, formerly North Anderson Church of God.

H.L. came to Anderson College from Sand Springs, Okla. An active student, he was a member of the Student Government Association and the Booster social club. He was a captain of the baseball and football teams, making All-Conference in both sports. He graduated in 1961 with a degree in Business Administration, after being voted Outstanding Senior Athlete. He joined the National Guard, serving six months active duty before returning to begin his career at Anderson College.

H.L. has served at Anderson University in many capacities. He has been a financial aid counselor, the director of financial aid, assistant dean of students, and the dean of students, and served on the president’s executive staff. During his years on campus, he also completed six years in the National Guard and earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from Ball State University. After retiring from Anderson University in June 2001, he returned to campus as a development officer in 2006. Now, H.L. is officially retiring in June of 2017. His plans are to volunteer at church, travel, and to remain active in attending events on AU’s campus.

Sandy grew up in a pastor’s home in Eustis, Fla. During her time at AU, she was involved in the Arete Pep social club, AC Choir, Student’s National Education Association, and Student Government Association. She was a Booster Belle with the Booster social club, and was voted as a May Court and a Homecoming Court Attendant. She graduated from Anderson University in 1962 with a degree in elementary education.

H.L. and Sandy married in November 1960 while students at AU (with permission granted by the Dean of Women). They have two children and three grandsons. Their son, Brent, graduated from AU in 1985, and their daughter, Becky, graduated from AU in 1987. Their grandsons are also carrying on the AU legacy; Logan just graduated this month, Jordan will be a junior in the fall, and Jared will be a freshman.

Choosing to stay home with Brent and Becky during their childhood and teenage years, Sandy took classes to complete her Master’s in Elementary Education with a library certification. She graduated from Ball State University in 1980 and began working as a school library serving in elementary, middle school, and at Madison Heights High School. In more recent years, she enjoyed a career of more than 20 years as a realtor with F.C. Tucker/O.C. Clark. In her retirement, she returned to her roots with education as a volunteer at Killbuck Kindergarten Center.

H.L. and Sandy have been very active in the Anderson community, with H.L. serving for four years on the city’s Board of Public Safety. At Madison Park Church of God, he is on the Board of Elders and they both sing in the choir. Sandy serves as a mentor for MOPS and as a Bereavement Dinner Chairperson.

Throughout the years, H.L. and Sandy have given a tremendous amount of support and encouragement to the students of Anderson University. They are a common thread among Anderson alumni spanning multiple generations, and there are so many AU alums whose lives they have touched in some way. Their kindness, AU spirit, and generosity are appreciated beyond words.

The William P. Riethmiller Partnership Award was named to honor individuals who strive to build understanding and partnerships between the university and the Anderson community — individuals who have demonstrated throughout their lives a deep commitment and vision for the community of Anderson, its citizens, and Anderson University.

Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World ReportColleges of Distinction, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business and theology.

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