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Guy H. Bailey Selected as Next University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor

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Guy H. Bailey Selected as Next University of Missouri-Kansas City Chancellor

Guy H. Bailey, Ph.D., provost and executive vice president at the University of Texas in San Antonio, Tex. (UTSA), will become the next chancellor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Missouri President Elson S. Floyd announced today. Bailey was chosen from a list of three finalists determined by a committee of UM-Kansas City faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members.

Bailey, 54, will begin his new duties on Jan. 1, 2006. Dr. Stephen Lehmkuhle, senior vice president for Academic Affairs of the University of Missouri, will continue as interim chancellor until December 31, 2005.

"Dr. Bailey has an outstanding record in public higher education as an administrator, teacher, and scholar," Floyd said. "He is regarded as one of the top provosts in the University of Texas System. He is highly respected for his personal integrity, his passion for students, and his ability to forge excellent relations with faculty and staff based on mutual trust and respect. He has been highly effective in building and maintaining major partnerships and strategic alliances with San Antonio by matching the capabilities of the university to the needs of the community."

"Guy Bailey has all the attributes needed to lead the University of Missouri-Kansas City to the next level, and I am delighted that he is coming to Kansas City," Floyd said.

The UM Board of Curators formally approved Dr. Bailey's appointment at its meeting in Portageville on July 22, 2005.

As chancellor of UMKC, Bailey will oversee all academic and administrative operations of the nearly 14,300-student campus. He will report to President Floyd, who oversees the four University of Missouri campuses (Columbia, St. Louis, Rolla and Kansas City).

During Bailey's tenure as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, the University of Texas-San Antonio has increased enrollment from 18,000 students to 27,000 students, made a strong commitment to diversity, doubled research efforts and external funding, raised hiring and performance standards for faculty, and added 200 high quality tenure track faculty in five years. He led the expansion of doctoral programs offered by UTSA and managed five major partnerships between the institution and business and civic interests to capitalize on UTSA's academic and research offerings.

"The committee was very impressed with the urban acuity of Dr. Bailey. He understands the unique problems metropolitan universities face," said Dr. David Atkinson, UMKC Professor of Political Science and Law, and chair of the search committee. "We believe he is an outstanding choice among a field of very strong candidates."

A 27-year veteran of higher education, Bailey has served as UTSA's provost and executive vice president since November 1999. He was named Peter Flawn Professor of English Language and Linguistics in 2004. Bailey has led UTSA through a critical first phase of academic restructuring as part of its goal of becoming a flagship research institution in south Texas. He has worked collaboratively with higher education organizations, business, the legislature and the community to create specific steps to enhance the quality of students' education; increased the level of funding for university operations and research; and formed many lucrative university partnerships with local and national health/technology, research and military institutions.

Bailey has been instrumental in attracting an exceptional administrative team to UTSA and successfully managing extensive organizational change. He was involved with the creation of the Center of Excellence in Bioprocessing and Biotechnology Education and Research (CEBBER), the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS) and the Materials Science and Engineering Center. Some of the other research centers and institutes Bailey helped to create include the Institute for Cell and Molecular Primatology, the Institute for Bioengineering and Translational Research and the Cajal Neuroscience Institute. These initiatives and others have netted UTSA many millions of dollars in congressional earmarks.

Throughout his academic career, Bailey has remained involved in teaching and research and has written numerous scholarly articles. Since 1984, he has received more than $1 million in research funding from agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the United States Air Force.

Bailey's scholarly contributions are substantial. Author of more than 90 books and articles and 120 conference papers, Bailey's work has received international and national recognition and is frequently cited in dialectology and sociolinguistics. His work also has been featured in The New York Times, National Public Radio's Weekend Edition, CNN Headline News and more.

Bailey will come to Kansas City with his wife, Dr. Jan Tillery Bailey. He will earn a base salary of $255,000 annually and will receive other benefits provided to chancellors, including the use of a vehicle and residence.

"It is an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to serve as Chancellor of the University of Missouri at Kansas City," said Bailey. "The combination of a general academic component with a comprehensive set of professional schools makes UMKC one of the most distinctive institutions in American higher education. The strong support of the Kansas City community for UMKC, the commitment of President Floyd and the University of Missouri System to the success of the institution, and the commitment of the faculty and staff to academic excellence make this a unique and most attractive opportunity. Jan and I look forward to being part of the UMKC and Kansas City communities."

Reviewed 2010-06-16