Baker College of Owosso Appoints Maike to Succeed Karsten as President

October 01, 2013

Aaron J. Maike
Aaron J. Maike

Peter W. Karsten
Peter W. Karsten

OWOSSO, Mich. – Baker College officials have announced that Aaron J. Maike will succeed Peter W. Karsten as president of Baker College of Owosso at the beginning of the next academic year, Sept. 1, 2014.

Maike currently serves as president of Baker College of Allen Park. His selection to take over Pete Karsten’s role as president of the Owosso campus brings Maike back to where he began his Baker College career in 1997. Karsten is stepping down to take the reins as president of Baker College of Auburn Hills.

In making the announcement, Baker College System President F. James Cummins said: “I’m excited to announce the selection of Aaron Maike as incoming president of Baker College of Owosso. Aaron’s highly effective leadership has helped guide Baker College of Allen Park since it opened in 2003, with student enrollment growing from 397 to nearly 4,000 today in more than 60 career-training programs. His exceptional work ethic and commitment to community involvement will be of great benefit to the Owosso campus.”

Owosso Board of Regents Chair Richard Batchelor said that the board was impressed with Maike’s demonstrated involvement in Detroit’s Downriver community. “It illustrates his commitment to strong collaborative relationships with area education and business partners that are important for a career college focused on the success and employability of its students,” Batchelor said.

Maike was recognized as the 2011-2012 Outstanding Rotarian and the 2008-2009 Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of Allen Park, of which he is past president. The News-Herald newspaper included Maike in its 2007 list of “20 under 40,” and he was a member of the 2004 class of Leadership 21 for the Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber, an organization of which he is now a member of its board of directors and its Public Policy Committee. He is also chairperson of the City of Allen Park Zoning Board of Appeals.

“It is exciting to return to the Owosso campus,” Maike said. “I look forward to building on the achievements made by the extraordinary efforts of Pete Karsten, the other administrators, the faculty and the Board of Regents.”

Under Karsten’s five-year tenure as Baker College of Owosso president, student enrollment and the number of graduates hit record levels, the 40,000-square-foot Health Sciences Building and the 43,000-square-foot Auto/Diesel Institute of Michigan facility opened, and several new programs and loft-style student housing at Woodard Station were added.

Maike’s first position with Baker College was financial aid officer and work-study coordinator in Owosso. He then worked as director of financial aid for Baker College of Muskegon and later as campus director of the newly opened Baker College of Allen Park before being promoted to president of the Allen Park campus in 2006.

Maike earned a MBA in finance from Baker College Center for Graduate Studies and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Northern Michigan University, Marquette. He expects to complete a doctorate in accounting in 2015.

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