Dr. Kenneth Baron

Dr. Kenneth Baron is Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Advising and Student Success at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). In his 17th year of service at UMBC, he leads and manages academic advising practices as both an administrator and a practitioner. Before coming to UMBC, Dr. Baron held diverse leadership positions at various institutions, including Emory University, The College of New Jersey, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and the American InterContinental University in London (now Regents University). Dr. Baron received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Surrey, Guildford, England, where a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship supported his graduate study and research on the Nature of American Academic Advising in the 21st Century.

Dr. Baron also holds four professional counseling certifications sponsored by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE):

National Certified Counselor (NCC)

National Certified Career Counselor (NCCC)

Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF)

Board Certified-TeleMental Health Provider (BC-TMH)


Recent Career Highlights


“Leaning into a New Era of Academic Advising – While Embracing Strong Foundational Competencies” – Regional & National Conferences of The National Academic Advising Association (2022)

“Willing to Win” Interview – Remote Work Strategies Within Higher Education (2022)


Membership in Leadership Baltimore County Class of 2021

LIFT/UMBC Collaboration to Pivot Orientation to Virtual Format (2020/2021)


Tenessee Board of Regents Keynote Speech Academic Advising Academy


National Academic Advising Association Regional Conference Keynote Speech


Advising Philosophy

Genuine and effective academic advising doesn’t just happen twice a year to register. Savvy students seek and benefit from academic advising they receive from professors, advisors, administrators, career counselors, and alumni throughout the year. Inspired academic advising transcends course selection and fosters strategic planning for employment and graduate school.