Dr. Greg Baker became superintendent of Bellingham Public Schools in July 2010. Now in his fifth year as Bellingham's superintendent, he got to know our school system and community through a comprehensive Entry Plan process. This provided part of the foundation for the development of The Bellingham Promise. In spring 2014, Dr. Baker earned Washington state’s Crystal Apple Award, presented to an individual who has given tirelessly of themselves to enhance positive stakeholder perceptions of K-12 public schools. He received this honor in recognition of his commitment to inclusive and transparent communications and The Bellingham Promise. Prior to Bellingham, he served as a deputy superintendent for Portland Public Schools. He has also served as an intern and special assistant to the superintendent of Boston Public Schools and as an administrator for Spokane Public Schools. He began his career in Alaska as a teacher and assistant coach. Dr. Baker received his doctorate from Harvard University; a master's degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard University; and a master's degree in secondary education from Western Washington University. He earned his bachelor's degree with distinction from Gonzaga University. He and his wife live in Bellingham with their three children, who attend Bellingham Public Schools.