Linda L. Baer currently serves as the Senior Program Officer, Postsecondary Success for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Dr. Baer received her Bachelors Degree in Sociology from Washington State University, Masters in Sociology from Colorado State University and her Ph.D. in Sociology from South Dakota State University.

Linda provides leadership throughout the State of Minnesota and presents nationally in academic innovations, e-learning and services, bridging higher education with the workplace, assessment and accountability, educational transformation, the development of alliances and partnerships, the campus of the future and most recently on action analytics. Her publications and presentations include work in the challenge of change, myths and realities of technology-enhanced education, the blueprint for building strong partnerships, and principles for smart change. Linda co-authored a book entitled, Partnering in the Learning Marketspace. She published articles on "Higher Education and Technology: Bridging the Generation Gap," as well as in the inaugural issue of the Rural Minnesota Journal titled "Trends and Tsunamis: Rural Higher Education." She has made numerous national presentations and workshops on Smart Change, A Toolkit for Higher Education, Action Analytics as well as in the areas of global learning initiatives and partnerships. Her most recent published articles include "Smart Change" published in Educause and "Action Analytics: Measuring and Improving Performance That Matters in Higher Education" in Planning for Higher Education.

Under Dr. Baer's leadership, Minnesota Online, the gateway to programs and courses offered via the Internet by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, has received the 2006 Institutional Service Award from the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and the 2006 Tekne Award recognizing Minnesota's technology users and developers in innovation, development, education, commercialization and management of technology in Minnesota. This award is presented each year by the Minnesota High Tech Association and Minnesota Technology, Inc., in partnership with LifeScience Alley.

Dr. Baer was recognized as a 2007 International Exemplary Leader by The Chair Academy, an international organization that provides leadership training for post-secondary education leaders. She was cited for her role in developing the award-winning Minnesota Online, a system portal for online learning and other new kinds of instructional technology; strengthening ties between colleges and universities and the workplace; and improving assessment and accountability. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for College and University Planning.