Chairman of the Board
Dr. J. Robert Baum is chairman of the board of Highmark Inc., a position he has held since 2005. In that role, he leads the board review of Highmark’s performance and strategic plans.
In addition to his service to Highmark, Dr. Baum is professor of entrepreneurship in the University of Maryland’s Smith School of Business. He is the former owner/president/CEO of Ivan C. Dutterer, Inc. in Hanover, Pa., and Wood Alive Woodworks in Manassas, Va. and Ithaca, N.Y., manufacturers of architectural woodwork.
He is a member of the board of directors of four businesses, including a lighting manufacturer, a plastics manufacturer and a beverage producer. He is a past board member of several other businesses, including a television and radio broadcaster and a developer of software.
Dr. Baum teaches new venture creation and financing for master of business administration students, and he has won five university teaching awards since 2000. His research interests are entrepreneurship, quantitative methods and strategic decision-making. He has had numerous articles published in prestigious research journals.
Dr. Baum is a Lehigh University engineering graduate. He graduated first in his class at Northwestern University with master’s degrees in finance and economics. He received a doctorate in management and organization from the University of Maryland.