- First female president of Baker University
- Moved Baker's MBA program to first in the Kansas City area
- Completed the most ambitious capital campaign in Baker University's history
Dr. Long's innovative spirit and leadership has changed higher education in Kansas and Missouri forever. Dr. Long is a first generation college student, earning her B.A. in mathematics from Southwest Baptist University, her masters in Adult Education from Central Missouri State University, and finally her Ed.D. from KU. If that list of degrees wasn't enough evidence of her dedication to education, her resume is. Dr. Long started her teaching career in the Kansas City, Missouri school district in 1974, then worked for Johnson County Community College in the 1980s, eventually becoming the College's Dean of Student Services. She took her talents to the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 2000 and was soon named Executive Vice Chancellor. And in 2006, Dr. Long was named the first female president of Baker University.
It is an understatement to say that Dr. Long changed Baker for the better: she breathed new life into the university, ensuring its continued growth for years to come. In only eight short years, Dr. Long accomplished more than most administrators are able to do in a lifetime. She opened a $6.3 million suite-style residence hall, the first new residence hall in 50 years; helped make Baker's MBA program number one in the Kansas City community; took 18 months to raise $11.43 million to build a new science education facility, a project that had been in the works for decades before she arrived; and gained the respect and admiration of countless students, faculty, and staff.
It's only fitting that on Emily Taylor's birthday we induct Dr. Long into the Hall of Fame. Dr. Taylor worked to move women into top leadership positions at universities across the country. She couldn't have found a better or more worthy woman than Dr. Long. As a colleague of hers wrote, "Through her passion for leading and inspiring others, Dr. Long has helped pave the way for the women who come after her."