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Wheeler L. Baker
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch USMC logo United States Marine Corps
Rank US-O6 insignia Colonel
Battles/wars Vietnam War
Awards Legion of Merit (3)
Bronze Star
Purple Heart
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (3)

Wheeler L. Baker was the eighth President of Hargrave Military Academy.


A former Marine of 39 years experience, Baker's service include commanding a Reconnaissance company in Vietnam and the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion from 1983 to 1985. He was promoted to Colonel in 1989, following which he served in Operation: Desert Storm as commander of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. In 1994, Baker served as chief of staff of the 1st Marine Division in Somalia. During his career in the Marines, Baker was decorated many times. Among his awards are the Legion of Merit, which he received three times, the Bronze Star with Valor Device, and the Purple Heart. Wheeler Baker graduated from the University of Tampa with a Bachelor's Degree in Economics in 1972, going on to obtain a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the Catholic University of America. He studied at the Naval War College and Salve Regina College and earned a PhD in Organizational Learning and Instructional Techniques at the University of New Mexico in 1998.

Prior to coming to Hargrave, Baker was chairman of the Naval Science Department at the University of New Mexico. He arrived at HMA in 1997, serving as provost until the resignation of Colonel John W. Ripley, then President of Hargrave, on March 18, 1999. On June 24, 2011, Colonel Baker retired as President of Hargrave, transferring leadership of the school to Brigadier General Doyle Broome, Jr., a retired US Army officer and the first flag officer to be President of HMA.


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