His recommendations to the President have enabled the University to improve its fiscal posture as well as to increase its competitive advantages in the market for private, church-related higher education. Conscientious, disciplined and focused, Mr. Bakewell approaches his work with dedication and a high degree of personal integrity. Fully cognizant of the resistance that he can encounter from within an organization, he makes every effort to be forthright and consultative with those whose cooperation will be necessary.Roy A. Austensen
Tom is seasoned and fresh, an energetic worker with a lively mind that will help raise the standards for organizations who want to seize opportunities.Benjamin Homan, CEO
Mr. Bakewell has demonstrated sensitivity to our specific heritage and religious commitments, helping both the administration and faculty develop a “Transformation” process highly focused on our need to deliver our institutional mission in a cost-effective, highly productive fashion.David Dolak
I have consulted with Tom Bakewell on several private company ventures over the years regarding a wide range of matters; strategy, ownership, leadership and more. His advice has always been timely, effective and very wise counsel.D. Scot Hunsaker
As Chair of Governance for a family owned company, I hired Tom Bakewell to help the Committee and the Board work through several governance issues. Armed with decades of experience from a variety of clients who had grappled with similar problems, Tom did a masterful job guiding us through our options as well as sharing ‘best practices.’ Tom has a knack for simplifying complex legal terms and a congenial way of ensuring that all voices are heard while helping drive to resolution. We ended up with solutions that made sense for our family business. For sensitive governance situations, I highly recommend Tom Bakewell for his passion and expertise for governance and for his subtle and delicate way of working with people.
Margaret Latshaw, Former Chair Nominating & Governance Committee
As President of our University, I contracted with Mr. Bakewell to function as a consultant to me to help produce some transformative changes in the way in which our University had been allocating its resources and addressing priorities…
Mr. Bakewell brought to the task insight and experience that made it possible for him to assist me and my leadership team in some very beneficial ways. What was particularly helpful was Mr. Bakewell’s ability to analyze quickly the fiscal situation of the University and to help the leadership team better understand both the short-term and long-term implications of those fiscal realities.
Mr. Bakewell provided excellent advice to the University. He definitely functioned as a catalyst for change. He is direct in his communication, and he is a man of integrity. I certainly recommend him and his service to anyone.Alan Harre
Mr. Bakewell continuously demonstrated acumen in gathering and synthesizing complex information. His counsel was always forthcoming, thorough, meaningful and effective.Alan Zacharias