Baker named UMaine assistant vice president for research finance and administration

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Jennifer Baker

Jennifer Baker has been named assistant vice president for research finance and administration at the University of Maine. Baker, who has more than 18 years of financial management and administration experience in UMaine’s research enterprise, has assumed strategic leadership of financial and personnel administration in her new role. 

“Jenn’s deft ability to streamline administrative processes and handle complex budgets is invaluable. Her work has been instrumental to the fiscal administration of UMaine’s research portfolio for nearly two decades,” said Kody Varahramyan, UMaine’s vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School. “I am happy to welcome her into this new role and look forward to working together in the years to come.”

She previously served as the director of fiscal and administrative services, providing human resources support and overseeing budgets for the Office of the Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School. She also led UMaine’s Technical and Administrative Services Central, where she provided financial administrative support to the principal investigators of research projects. 

A UMaine alum, Baker earned a degree in accounting and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration. 

I am honored and excited about the promotion to assistant vice president for research finance and administration,” Baker said. “This opportunity represents a significant milestone in my career, and I look forward to contributing to the University’s mission of advancing research excellence.”