January 30, 2018

Q&A with Eddie Baker

Eddie Baker profileWhere do you call home? Huntsville, Alabama

Where are you from? Birmingham, Alabama

Tell us about your family. Married and just welcomed our first child, which was a girl (Parker) at the end of September.

What is your profession? Department of the Army Civilian. I serve as an assistant product manager for the development of a new Department of Defense aircraft.

What made you choose this profession? The opportunity to serve our Army and nation and provide them the appropriate support to protect our freedom and make it back home to their families. Plus, I was able to enter as a fellow and learn about the various facets of the army before choosing my specific career path.

How did Montevallo affect your career path? The challenging, small classes prepared me to work independently and with a team and the opportunity to participate in on-campus activities prepared me to balance work and life.

Tell us about your educational foundation.
Elementary and middle schools in the Pell City School System, high school in the Jefferson County School System (Shades Valley), undergrad at University of Montevallo, graduate school (MBA) at Texas A&M-Texarkana, Texas.

What awards/honors have you received? Is there
a most significant honor?
Certified Defense Financial Manager with an Acquisition Specialty; two-time Commander’s Award for Civilian Service; Army Aviation Association of America — Tennessee Valley Chapter Programmatics Mission Area Quarterly Award; ordained as a deacon at First Missionary Baptist Church, Moody, Alabama. My most significant honor is being nominated by my church family to be ordained as a deacon. Deacons have an important role in The Great Commission and I am humbled to serve my church and community.

What is your secret for success? Trust and follow God; never stop learning; treat others how you want to be treated.

What is the best advice you have received? Know your role, do what you are asked, protect your team and make your team look good.

Favorite motto? I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

What would you tell someone who was considering going to UM? UM is booming … get on the train before you look back and see that UM was your best choice and value. If possible, meet with the dean in your prospective college and request to talk with graduates — recent (less than three years), mildly recent (less than five years) and not recent (more than 10 years) about what they enjoyed and would change about their experiences at UM. Take this information, coupled with your campus visit, and look at the opportunities to learn and grow at UM.

Favorite UM memory? Too many to name … I had a great time and continue to have a great time at and with Montevallo. Intramural basketball/football games; initiation into Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. (Montevallo’s Xi Upsilon chapter) and our events (AIDS Symposium, Budget and Finance Symposium, Health Fair, Annual Banquet, Pageant); Ludacris concert; parties at the old Double Play with Delta Chi, with the ATOs; winning Greek Week and having the highest organizational GPA for the fraternities; helping to host the Montevallo/Tennessee Valley chapter alumni club events (2012-present); meeting lifetime friends and some that I consider family; most importantly … graduating!

What would you like to add? My appreciation and affinity for Montevallo has grown since I graduated. The Montevallo Alumni Junior Board and the Montevallo National Alumni Association have given me the opportunity to serve in a role to link alumni with the University and to support the University in my adult life. Shout out to Terra Moody-Miller ’06 for thinking of me and recommending me to serve on the Junior Board. Montevallo will continue to grow and thrive by its alumni staying engaged, giving back and positively representing our University.