George E. Baker— I currently live in Harvest, Al., and a graduate of Council Training School Class of 1970.
My journey at Council Training School began in the 4th grade. Prior to Council, I attended Mt. Fork School in New Market Al. grades 1-4. I was a member of the “Marching Maroon and White Band” on the drumline where Mr. William Davis was Band Director. My high school years are very precious to me. I made several life time friends there while receiving a quality education. I was one of two male students that enrolled in typing. And I am glad I did, that single class is the reason I can type this very day. Typing has served me well throughout my career.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications from Alabama A&M University and numerous certifications in program management/project management/multimedia. These academic tools have garnered me many awards and notable recognition with local and federal employers. While employed at WHNT-TV Channel 19, I received the Black Producer Award for the nationally syndicated gospel television program, “At the Crossroads.” While employed at the AAMU Telecommunication Center, I served as the production manager as well as producer/director of the Alabama A&M Football Review. I received NASA’s prestigious Silver Snoopy Award in 2000, an award in which less than 1% of the NASA workforce has received. Throughout my television career, I have received several Telly and Addy awards for producing and directing. I retired from NASA in 2014 as a contractor serving as the Program Manager of NASA Television in Washington DC.
After retiring, I dedicated my talents to the AAMU Huntsville-Madison County Alumni Chapter serving as the Telephone Committee Chairperson, member of the Scholarship and Fundraising committees and with great enthusiasm volunteers as chapter photographer and social media contributor.
Along with my service to my university, I served 4 years active-duty military in the United States Army (Vietnam Era Veteran), and 21 years in the Army Reserve. I am a Life Member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 26 in Huntsville where I serve as Chaplain. I currently serve as Chaplain for the North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Organization Coalition where I support over twenty-five veterans’ organization and veterans’ activities throughout North Alabama.
I attend the National DAV Conference in Washington, DC yearly, meeting with Alabama state lawmakers to gain their support for the Disabled American Veterans Critical Policy Goals. I have donated over 2,000 hours of service helping local veterans in the North Alabama community.
I also serve as Sunday School Teacher, motivational speaker and certified Lay Speaker at Lowe’s Chapel United Methodist Church. In April of 2021, I completed Licensing School for Pastoral Ministry and all the candidacy requirements for licensing. Some of my hobbies include gardening, coin collecting, photography, writing poetry, and studying bible history.