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As a center of activity that contributes significantly to the quality of campus life, the John Calhoun Baker University Center takes pride in being an attractive, functional, socially vibrant, welcoming gathering place for all Ohio University students, faculty, staff, and guests of the University.

To this end, the John Calhoun Baker University Center staff provides superior building operations, useful and up-to-date university information services, and active program support for the wide range of social, intellectual, and cultural events that occur in the Center.


Named for Ohio’s 14th President John Calhoun Baker, the Center opened in January, 2007. It replaced the original Baker University Center which was located on the northwest corner of E. Union St. and College St. (across from the College Green). The building provides facilities, programs, services and amenities that serve the University community, the Athens community and visitors. It is operated by the Division of Student Affairs.