Adria Baker

South Korea
  • Associate Vice Provost of International Education / Executive Director, Office of International Students & Scholars
  • Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • US-Korea International Education Administrator Seminar
  • Korean - American Educational Commission, Seoul, South Korea
  • June 2013
  • Fulbright Presentation (.PDF)
  • Curriculum Vitae (.PDF)
  • Photos
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Dr. Adria L. Baker is the Associate Vice Provost for International Education at Rice University. Rice is a comprehensive, private, highly-selective research university in Houston, Texas. Baker supports university activities dealing with internationalization of the campus under the division of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. She also serves as the Executive Director of the Office of International Students & Scholars, where she oversees all operations for incoming foreign nationals, which consists of more than 23% of the overall student population. This also includes more than 860 scholars (researchers, visiting faculty, and other academic international visitors). She also serves as the Director of the Brasil@Rice office, which won the 2015 Senator Paul Simon Campus Internationalization award for Rice’s Brazilian academic initiatives.

Baker has served as a leader in international education for over 20 years at Rice University, where she has won awards for distinguished service for furthering international education exchange, as well as promoting scholarships for new professionals in the field. Her topics of publications and presentations include subjects on advocacy and public policy in international education, as well immigration advising, and other issues promoting global academic exchange. She led the Committee for an International Education Policy in Texas, which resulted in Texas H.R. 143 and Texas S.R. 532. 

In order to prepare for her career, she was grateful to have studied as a Rotary International Research Fellow and graduate international student at the University of Costa Rica.

Baker is fortunate to have been awarded a Fulbright in 2013 to travel to South Korea and participate in the International Education Administrators Seminar. It was an eight-member delegation that visited many types of Korean universities, as well as visiting U.S. and Korean government agencies where valuable discussions on comparative secondary and higher education was discussed.