UK Forestry Department Chair Red Baker accepts position at University of Florida; Jeff Stringer steps up as interim chair at UK

Dr. Red Baker has left the UK Department of Forestry to accept a position at the University of Florida.

Terrell “Red” Baker assumed the position of chair of the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry in 2010. Baker came to UK from New Mexico State University. His assessment of his new duties at that time were that “The bones of this department are very strong. There’s a group of very motivated faculty and staff who are 100 percent committed to making good things happen. I view it as part of my job to help them do that, to help them be successful.”

Red Baker’s farewell comments elicit a grin from in-coming interim chair Jeff Stringer

Dr. Baker was a regular at KWOA events and a valuable resource throughout his tenure at UK. His thoughts regarding his departure from UK:  “I am proud of what we accomplished together over the last 7 years. I am confident the department will continue to do great things and I look forward to hearing about its many successes to come in the future.”

Henry Duncan, Frank Hicks and Cliff Taylor attended farewell luncheon for KWOA

Red began his new position in his home state at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences as the new director of the UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources and Conservation on April 1.