Sponsored by: Mountwest Community and Technical College
While interviewing for the job as president of Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington, West Virginia, Dr. Joshua Baker couldn’t help but notice the genuine dedication of the staff, their support for the students and their desire to make a meaningful impact on the community.
“I just kept thinking, ‘This is the team I want to work with,’” Baker says. “The situation and dynamics just felt like the right fit.”
“I love being a college president… I find my work fulfilling; it feels like my calling.”— Dr. Joshua Brown, Mountwest College President
Baker started his new role at Mountwest in June 2021 after more than eight years as a leader in higher education, most recently as vice president of Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado.
Under his direction, the Colorado Springs institution saw tremendous growth in new programs in the fields of cybersecurity and medical sciences, paving the way for hundreds of students to enjoy high-wage careers.
Baker has already identified three primary areas of focus at Mountwest, one of nine community and technical colleges in West Virginia and home to about 2,500 students.
The first priority is to be ready with individualized support and inclusive opportunities for every student who walks through the door.
“I am especially concerned for students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds,” he says.
In addition, Mountwest educators will work to ensure that all students have access to training that advances their careers, and that the college continues to be a strong community partner for the residents of the Huntington area.
Viewed as approachable and compassionate by the people he’s worked with over the years, Baker brings a knack for student-focused innovation, as well as an entrepreneurial approach.
“I love being a college president,” he says. “It is a unique combination of what makes me, me. I love when people use education to grow. I love helping teams perform at their best. I find my work fulfilling; it feels like my calling.”