Dean of Libraries, generous donor
For most of us, the library is a place to get information. For
Gordon Baker, it’s home.
No one else has spent more time in Clayton State’s library than Gordon. He studied there as a student in the ’70s; staffed the circulation and reference desks part-time\
while teaching school for 25 years; then made library science his full-time career after retiring from teaching in 2004.
It will someday be named the Newton-Baker Library –because Gordon has included Clayton State in his estate plans.
The Newton name represents Gordon’s mother’s side — she and her mother were schoolteachers, too — and Howard Baker, Gordon’s father, was the longtime superintendent of Henry County Schools. “The library remains our campus hub,” Gordon says, “but it also educates people in our community. It is a resource we must preserve and grow.”
Georgia Power executive, Clayton State champion
Why does Georgia Power support Clayton State?
Because Clayton State is vital to the economic
health of this community. I truly believe the University
equips students for the real world.
How has Georgia Power invested its gifts?
We’ve chosen to focus on scholarships. The students who attend the University
sometimes run out of funds. These scholarships help ensure they graduate.
Also, I want to be sure students who are interested in STEM areas have every
opportunity to engage, especially women.
What should people who are less familiar with Clayton State know
about the University?
How involved it is. When there’s a decision to be made in this community,
the University is involved. They’re visible and well respected.