Baker to Address Houston Campus Graduating Class Springfield College School Of Human ServicesApril 12, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 12, 2010 -- Clark Baker, president and chief executive officer of the YMCA of Greater Houston, will give the keynote address at graduation ceremonies at the Houston Campus of the Springfield College School of Human Services on Thursday, April 15, 2010, at 7 p.m., at the United Way of Houston.
Recognizing completion of studies for 16 graduates of the bachelor’s degree programs and seven graduates of the master’s degree programs will be Robert Willey, Ph.D., dean of the School of Human Services, based in Springfield, Mass. He will also deliver remarks.
Isaac Williams, Ph.D., assistant dean of the school and director of the Houston Campus, will deliver a welcome, along with Paula Criel, who received her master’s degree in 2008 from the School of Human Services. As part of her studies, Criel completed a research project on opening a Springfield College School of Human Services campus in Houston, and the ribbon was cut on the campus in 2008.
Baker has served at the YMCA of Greater Houston since 2002; before that, he spent 15 years as the president of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee in Nashville. He is passionate about the YMCA’s work in helping to build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities. He also believes in nurturing the character development initiatives of caring, respect, responsibility, and honesty in children and adults.
In Houston, the Springfield College School of Human Services offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in human services with weekend classes for working adults. Graduate students may concentrate in organizational management and leadership.
The Houston Campus is one of 11 campuses of the school around the nation. The school’s curriculum focuses on building the leadership skills of human services professionals while they are serving their community. A hallmark of the program is that students identify a community need and design and implement a program to address it.
Most students complete their degrees in 16 to 24 months including credit for prior learning at other regionally accredited institutions and from life and work experience that is equivalent to college-level learning. The school follows standards of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning in awarding credit for prior learning.
Other campuses of the Springfield School of Human Services are located in Springfield and Boston, Mass.; Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Wilmington, Del.; Tampa Bay, Fla.; Manchester, N.H.; Charleston, S.C.; St. Johnsbury, Vt.; and Milwaukee, Wis.
Springfield College was founded in 1885 as an independent institution and quickly emerged as a leading educator of YMCA directors. Since then, it has broadened its programs and developed an international reputation for educating leaders for the human and social services, health sciences, sport management and movement studies, education, business, and the arts and sciences.
Characterizing all aspects of campus life is the college’s humanics philosophy, which emphasizes educating the whole person, consisting of spirit, mind and body, for leadership in service to others. Springfield College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and the undergraduate program of the School of Human Services is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.