Dear LMU Community:
With enthusiasm, I announce that John G. Baker will be our next senior vice president for University Advancement. After considering many factors, including feedback from our search committee, trustees, senior leadership, and external references, I am confident SVP Baker’s strategic vision, integrity, experience with our mission, and passion for fundraising will propel LMU to new heights as we embark on the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in the university’s history. He will join LMU by Sept. 1, 2019.
SVP Baker is an accomplished fundraising executive with a record of developing a culture of philanthropy with transformative impacts at other renowned institutions. He joins us from University of Utah Health, where he serves as the chief philanthropy officer and associate vice president for advancement, leading the fundraising and advancement operations of four hospitals, 13 clinical care facilities, and five health-related colleges. By fostering collaboration and engagement at departmental and institutional levels, he set the stage for record-breaking growth, nearly tripling giving for Utah Health in FY 2017. He also designed and implemented an eight-year, $1 billion comprehensive campaign a year and a half ahead of schedule, now 80 percent to goal.
Prior to his tenure at the University of Utah Health, SVP Baker was senior executive director for development at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, where he was an integral member of the fundraising leadership that raised $7 billion for the university, one of higher education’s most successful campaigns. He also served on the senior leadership team responsible for organizing, planning, and executing the $1.5 billion Keck Medicine Initiative.
An alumnus of Loyola High School, and the school’s former vice president for advancement, Jesuit values helped shape SVP Baker. His nine-year tenure as vice president fortified his devotion to the Jesuit mission and helped form his leadership values. At Loyola, he organized, launched, and directed a $110 million, eight-year comprehensive campaign, which was nationally lauded as the top fundraising effort for Jesuit and Catholic high schools. SVP Baker’s fundraising prowess at Loyola earned him the school’s highest honors: the President’s Award and the Medallion of St. Ignatius.
A native Angeleno, SVP Baker earned his B.A. in anthropology from UCLA and holds certificates in fundraising from UCLA and planned giving from USC. His personal interests include an array of outdoor activities, such as surfing, hiking, skiing, and golfing. He is a licensed private pilot and enjoys traveling, music, and the arts.
Finding the right leader for University Advancement was made possible by the work of our talented colleagues. I thank Interim Senior Vice President for University Advancement Kristi Wade for her excellent leadership, which ensured that the university maintained its fundraising momentum while we pursued our search. I also thank our search committee, led by Special Assistant to the President John Parrish and comprised of the members listed below, for conducting a rigorous and comprehensive search that yielded a competitive and outstanding candidate pool. Their professionalism and engagement provided me with valuable insights during my discernment process.
SVP Baker’s nearly 30 years of institutional advancement experience, and his commitment to enhancing a culture of giving, will build upon the early successes of LMU’s boldest campaign, through initiatives that, with vigorous community support, will indeed help us reach our highest aspirations and create the world we want to live in.
Please join me in welcoming the newest member of our executive leadership team, John, his wife Carla, and their daughter, Charlotte, back to Los Angeles and to the LMU Lion family.
With sincere appreciation and thanks,
Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D.
SVPUA Search Committee
John Parrish, chair, special assistant to the president
Rebecca Chandler, vice president for Human Resources (ex-officio)
Tina Choe, dean, Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering
Kristi Frey, trustee
John Kiralla, vice president for Marketing, Communications, and External Relations
Craig Pintens, athletic director
Lynne Scarboro, executive vice president and chief administrative officer
Kristi Wade, interim senior vice president, University Advancement
Robert Walsh, S.J., chancellor
Michael Waterstone, senior vice president and dean, Loyola Law School