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Dr. Joe Baker Named 2020 School of Business Champion

Posted: April 27, 2020 | Author: Southern Utah University | Read Time: 2 minutes

Dr. Joe Baker, School of BusinessEach March, we start to feel a little madness. Usually, it is driven by the NCAA Basketball Tournaments, but without tournaments this year, the Dixie L. Leavitt School of Business did its part to replace basketball madness with business madness. A bracket full of business professors was created to identify the champion of the Leavitt School March Madness Tournament. Pedagogies, student engagement, research, committee service assignments, promptness to respond to emails, real-world applications in the classroom, and jokes told in class were all criteria used by the voting public to select this year’s champion.


The people have spoken and the 2020 Leavitt School March Madness Tournament Champion is the honorable Dr. Joe Baker, professor of managerial economics at Southern Utah University. 

School of Business Tournament Bracket

Raised in New Mexico, Dr. Baker went to college to play football and left with a Ph.D. in Economics. He started his career at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee where he learned to bleed orange. Then in 1997, he made his way to SUU where he now bleeds red, through and through. His fame and notoriety have grown over the years as he has played guitar and harmonica for the School of Business Band of Blues, as he has shared the time when Nobel Laureate Milton Freidman met Joe Baker, and as he has taught generations in the way of economics. As he now retires from SUU, he goes out on top, in the same way he always taught, as a Champion.

The School of Business wants to thank everyone for their participation in this year’s tournament. To all the other faculty who made valiant efforts to advance, we look forward to your FEC Plan on how you will better prepare for next year’s tournament. To all the voting students, you are the reason we do what we do. We hope we have brought you a jovial moment and know that while you may have supported the tournament this year, the faculty in the Leavitt School of Business are here to support you in all your endeavors.

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