CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Pro Football Hall of Fame has hired David Baker as its new president and executive director.

Baker, an attorney and former commissioner of the Arena Football League, is the sixth director in the Hall's 50-year history. Baker has spent 35 years working in business management, pro sports and in public service. He spent the past four years in the health care industry.

Baker was the AFL's commissioner from 1196-2008. He succeeds Stephen A. Perry, who has served since April, 2006, and announced in September that he planned to retire once the Hall's board of trustees concluded a national search for his replacement.

Baker played college basketball at California-Irvine from 1971-75. He also played two seasons professionally in Europe before returning to obtain a doctorate degree from Pepperdine. He once served as Irvine's mayor.