Dr. Claude D. Baker is an award-winning teacher, researcher and biologist, and a professor at Southern Arkansas University.
Claude is a native Arkansan from El Dorado, but most of his relatives lived in and near Columbia County-----some arriving here in the early 1800's.
Dr. Baker received his Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Arkansas and his PhD from the University of Louisville. In the 1970's, he was involved with solving the energy crisis at that time, and the country's short-lived effort to gain energy independence.
Prior to coming to SAU, Dr. Baker was a professor at Indiana University where he was awarded both the distinguished teaching and distinguished research awards. Later, he received the all-university teaching award. This is a competition between all 8 Indiana University campuses.
In 2006, Dr. Baker received the President's Volunteer Service lifetime award for his over 5,000 hours of volunteer service.