Dr. Pamela C. Baker, Director of South Mississippi Regional Center (SMRC), will retire on April 30 after more than three decades in State government administration.
Since 1983, Dr. Baker has served as Director of SMRC in Long Beach. South MS Regional Center provides community and residential supports to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the six southern counties.
“When I joined North Mississippi Regional Center as a speech pathologist in 1978, little did I know the wonderful ways in which God would change my life over the next thirty years,” said Dr. Baker. “I will always hold in highest regard the Department’s leadership, the Board and many treasured colleagues with whom I have worked. They have inspired and energized me with their dedication to Mississippi’s citizens.”
Dr. Baker is past President and Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disability and past President of the Association of Public Developmental Disabilities Administrators, nationally elected offices that she held simultaneously. During her career, she taught at the University of Mississippi, William Carey University and Itawamba Community College. Prior to her tenure at SMRC, Dr. Baker worked as a speech pathologist at the North MS Regional Center and the Jackson Public Schools. She is a Certified Public Manager, a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Certified Speech Pathologist.
“Dr. Baker is an inspiration to us all,” said Ed LeGrand, DMH Executive Director. “She is truly dedicated to making the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities better. It is difficult to imagine the Department without her. We will miss her dearly.”