C. David Baker
|President & CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame|
January 2013 – 2018
|Preceded by||Stephen Perry|
|Born||1952/1953 (age 65–66)|
|Alma mater||University of California, Irvine|
Under his guidance, he has transformed the Hall of Fame into “The Most Inspiring Place on Earth” that is built around the important mission to "Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values & Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE!”
In his first three years of leadership at the Hall, the organization's net assets grew 161%. He is also leading Johnson Controls Hall of Fame Village, a nearly $800 million mixed-use development, surrounding the Hall of Fame.
On November 28, 2017, Baker received the prestigious March of Dimes Sports Leadership Award.
Baker was the fourth commissioner of the Arena Football League (AFL). He started in the league as the owner of the Anaheim Piranhas, which he left after a single season of owning the team to become commissioner. One of his more imposing features is his size – 6 feet 9 and-a-half inches tall and 400 pounds. He was a power forward at UC-Irvine from 1971–75 and played two seasons of professional basketball in Europe. Later, Baker attended Pepperdine University School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He was a City Councilman of Irvine, California. Baker resigned as Arena Football League Commissioner at ArenaBowl XXII, on July 25, 2008 after 11.5 years as commissioner of the AFL.
On January 2, 2014, he was announced as the President of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Baker and his wife Colleen reside in Canton, Ohio.
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