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The Citadel receives ‘substantial gift’ from Baker Motor Co. founder

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The founder and owner of Baker Motor Co. in Charleston has given a “substantial gift” to The Citadel, his alma mater, according to a news release.

Tommy Baker and his wife, Victoria Baker, made an undisclosed donation to the college, payable over a 10-year period. In return, the college will name its business program the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business, the news release said.

Baker Motor Co. owner Tommy Baker (left) shakes hands with Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa after Baker and his wife, Victoria, made a ‘substantial’ donation to the school, which will name its business program the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business. (Photo/Provided)“The education I received at The Citadel reinforced the discipline I learned in the U.S. Marine Corps, which together laid the groundwork for any business success I have experienced,” Tommy Baker said in the news release. “Both experiences reinforced my belief in the essential values of discipline and service to others. By giving back in this way, Victoria and I hope to provide future Citadel cadets and students with opportunities for success while producing principled entrepreneurs for Charleston, the Lowcountry and beyond.”

The donation will establish five new business professorships — one each in accounting, financial services, professional selling, supply chain management and principled entrepreneurship; endow and support MBA and undergraduate-level programming; and endow the Tommy B. Baker Veteran Fellowship program. A portion will also be held in a capital reserve fund to support the construction and maintenance of Bastin Hall, the new academic building that will house the school of business, the news release said.

“When people in the Lowcountry think of Tommy Baker, they think of business success. This transformative gift will reflect his achievements, providing resources to create programs of distinction in the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business,” Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel, said in the news release.

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