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Faculty and Staff Spotlight: Wren Baker, UNT

UNT athletic director Wren Baker and his family

Wren Baker arrived as leader of the Mean Green in July 2016 and ever since it's been nonstop transformation of the athletic program. In short order, he's delivered state-of-the-art facilities, winning programs, outstanding academic success and unrivaled fundraising. And last week came the reward, acceptance into the American Athletic Conference, elevating UNT's regional and national profile. This native Oklahoman, husband and proud #girldad twice over, is a high-altitude travel buff, which sure makes sense as he continues to guide the Mean Green to the mountaintop. Read on and get to know Wren.


What is your favorite aspect about your job?
I get the opportunity to see young people develop academically, socially, and athletically. I get to watch them develop communication skills, teamwork, problem-solving strategies and the ability to overcome adversity through intercollegiate athletics, which is a great privilege.

What employee benefit or activity would you like to see added to UNT World?
More opportunities for social hours and activities to get to know colleagues outside of work.

What is your proudest work moment?
Commencement day. There is a sense of joy for our student-athletes (and all students) when they graduate.  

What is your proudest non-work moment?
The birth of my two daughters (Addisyn, 10, and Reagan,7).

What is a fact about you that may surprise your work colleagues?
I took piano lessons as a kid and can still play a little bit.

Book?: The Way of the Shepherd: Seven Secrets to Managing Productive People. It’s a short book on leadership that closely mirrors my philosophy. 
Place to visit?: I love the mountains. It doesn’t have to be a specific location. I just love visiting mountain country.
Hobby?: I love to travel with my family. It can be a big trip or a day trip, but just seeing new things with my wife Heather and our two daughters is what I enjoy doing the most.