Baldwin — The president of professional baseball's American League will make a swing through Baldwin this weekend.
Gene Budig, AL president and former Kansas University chancellor, is among dignitaries scheduled to be on hand Sunday for Baker University's winter commencement.
Dan Lambert, Baker president, said the university's off-season acquisition of Budig took very little arm-twisting. Lambert and Budig, who has spoken at Baker several times, maintain a friendship that dates to Budig's term as KU chancellor.
"Gene is still very much a Kansan at heart, and he enjoys coming back," Lambert said. "Also, this is a time of year when getting out of New York is easier than others."
Scheduled to join Budig during the ceremony, set at 2 p.m. at the Collins Sports and Convention Center, are U.S. Rep. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Deanell Tacha, U.S. circuit court judge and Baker trustee.
"We're hoping Congress will be able to finish its budget discussions," Lambert said. "If they're voting on Sunday, we don't expect him (Roberts) to be here."
Baker officials said 324 students will receive degrees during the ceremony. Budig, who began his five-year term as AL president in August 1994 after serving 13 years as KU chancellor, will receive an honorary degree presented by Tacha.
Roberts, who is serving his eighth term as Kansas' 1st Congressional District representative, also will receive an honorary degree.