Dr. Linda Baer has served over thirty years in numerous executive level positions in higher education including Senior Program Officer in Postsecondary Success for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs in the Minnesota State College and University System, Senior Vice President and Interim President at Bemidji State University. She served as the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Currently, she is the Senior Program Consultant with i4Solutions. Her ongoing focus is to inspire leaders to innovate, integrate and implement solutions to improve student success and transform institutions for the future.
Baer presents nationally in academic innovations, educational transformation, the development of alliances and partnerships, the campus of the future, shared leadership and action analytics. She has co-presented workshops on building organizational capacity in analytics. Recent publications have been on smart change, shared leadership, successful partnerships, innovations in higher education and analytics as a tool to improve student success. She co-authored a book chapter in Innovations in Higher Education and From Metrics to Analytics, Reporting to Action: Analytic’s Role in Changing the Learning Environment in The Game Changers: Education and Information Technology. Transformation in an Age of Disruptive Change is published in the online Planning for Higher Education. Building Organizational Capacity for Analytics is published as a white paper with EDUCAUSE. Baer served on the EDUCAUSE national expert panel on analytics in higher education. Currently she serves on the John Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education advisory board for Gateway to Completion, the Society for University Planning Board of Directors, and is a consultant to the Higher Learning Commission Academy for Student Persistence and Completion.