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At Colby College in Waterville, Sally Baker has been named to the position of Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary of the College, President William D. Adams announced Thursday. Baker will assume her new duties on July 1 and will replace Earl H. Smith, who retires this spring following 40 years of service to the college.

The appointment brings Baker back to Colby, where she worked from 1989 to 1998, including six years as the college’s director of communications. Since 1998 she has worked at Harvard and Colgate universities, as Director of Communications for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard and as Associate Vice President for Communications at Colgate. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University.

As Executive Assistant to the President and Secretary of the College, Baker will assist and advise President Adams on a wide range of administrative matters and will serve as the principal liaison between the Office of the President and the college’s boards of trustees and overseers. She will be a full member of the president’s senior administrative staff and will represent the college and the president in external affairs including various aspects of community and governmental relations.

Adams said that Baker’s appointment is the culmination of an intensive search that produced a broad, diverse and extremely strong pool of applicants. “Sally Baker brings a unique combination of familiarity with our college, an impressive record of accomplishments and broad experience in higher education,” Adams said. “Her analytical abilities and acumen will be tremendous assets to Colby as we move from our current strategic planning efforts toward the implementation of new initiatives, and as we work to achieve ever higher measures of accomplishment in the intellectual life, atmosphere and diversity of the Colby community.”