MORROW, Ga—With a family history rich in education—100 years' worth to be exact—it’s no secret that it’s a field Dr. Gordon Baker is passionate about. It’s also an industry where his family’s name will forever be linked.
Dr. Baker, the first and current Dean of Libraries for Clayton State University, recently made provisions in his estate plans to benefit the school’s library. Upon realization of his estate gift by the University's Foundation, providing the funds satisfy the minimum requirements at the time they are received, and with the approval of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, the main library at Clayton State will be named the Newton-Baker Family Library. Funds received will be used to establish an endowment to maintain and enhance the efforts of the library to support and advance student learning.
“I look at it as a way to celebrate my parents and my grandparents for all the good that they have done in their lives. My entire family has always stressed the importance of education,” says Dr. Baker.
Adding, “My grandmother taught for awhile in Clinch County. My mom taught for 33 years in Henry, and my dad was a teacher, a principal, and a superintendent for Henry County. He was the last elected three-term superintendent, and he was on the advisory board during the birth of Clayton State.”
A Clayton State alum himself, Dr. Baker spent time in the classroom as a 5th and 6th grade teacher before becoming a media specialist and eventually landing a job at the University. During his 37 years here, he’s seen the school’s name change, watched as new buildings were erected, witnessed the growth of the student body, and participated in a major renovation of the Library.
“I spent almost my entire life here at Clayton State. I graduated in ’73, and it gave me such a great foundation for the rest of my life. The friends I’ve made here, the career connections; I am so very proud of this institution.”