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HUGH BAILEY, LONG-TIME VALDOSTA STATE U. PRESIDENT, DIES AT 83

Hugh BaileyHugh C. Bailey, ninth international president of Pi Gamma Mu who led Valdosta State University for 23 years, during which he transformed the school from a four-year college to a regional state university, died in Valdosta, Ga., on Friday, October 5, at the age of 83.

Dr. Bailey was born in Berry, Ala., on July 2, 1929.  Bailey earned a B.A. degree in history in 1950 from Howard College (known as Samford University since 1965) in Birmingham, Ala., at which he was initiated to membership in Pi Gamma Mu.  Bailey went on to earn an M.A. degree in history in 1951 and a Ph.D. degree in history in 1954 from the University of Alabama.

Bailey returned to Howard to launch his teaching career in 1953.  He became the sponsor of Howard’s Pi Gamma Mu chapter.  Bailey received promotions to the positions of head of the Department of History, chairman of the Division of Social Sciences, and dean of arts and sciences.

In 1975, Bailey accepted a position as vice president for academic affairs at Francis Marion College in Florence, S. C., at which he established a chapter of Pi Gamma Mu.  In 1978, Bailey became the sixth president of Valdosta State College in Valdosta, Ga., at which he established another Pi Gamma Mu chapter.  Bailey led Valdosta State for 23 years until his retirement in 2002.  His vision for the college and his efforts to position it as a major institution of higher education in South Georgia convinced the state university system’s Board of Regents to elevate the college to a regional state university in 1993.  Valdosta State and Georgia Southern University, which the board elevated to the same status simultaneously, remain the only two regional universities among 35 institutions of the University System of Georgia.

Dr. James W. Peterson, sponsor of Valdosta State’s Pi Gamma Mu chapter, said that Bailey, as the college’s president, faithfully attended chapter initiation ceremonies year after year.  “Dr. Bailey would deliver remarks at every annual initiation ceremony,” Peterson recalled.  “We would have a guest speaker, but Dr. Bailey would speak at length‑‑sometimes at greater length than the guest speaker‑‑about Pi Gamma Mu, Valdosta State College, and other pertinent recollections.  His remarks were always stirring:  When Dr. Bailey supported something, he would write or speak with his whole heart and express effusive praise for it.”

In addition to his volunteer work as the sponsor of one Pi Gamma Mu chapter and the founder of two others, Bailey served as vice chancellor and then chancellor of the Southeast Region.  He was elected president in 1984 and served two three-year terms.  Ina Turner Gray, who was Pi Gamma Mu’s executive director during Bailey’s presidency, observed, “During his presidency, the new Pi Gamma Mu constitution was written, making leadership in the society more inclusive.”  Mrs. Gray added, “Dr. Bailey was an administrator par excellence who shared his expertise liberally with Pi Gamma Mu.”  When Pi Gamma Mu held its most recent triennial international convention in October 2011 in Arlington, Va., Bailey was inducted into Pi Gamma Mu’s Hall of Fame.  During the induction ceremony, incoming society president Barry D. Friedman, who was a member of Valdosta State’s political-science faculty from 1987 to 1992 and who was initiated to membership in Pi Gamma Mu by the college’s chapter, paid tribute to Bailey.  He described Bailey as a courtly gentleman who was a champion of the interests of the college’s students and of the principle that its honor students should be properly recognized for their distinctive accomplishments.

Dr. Bailey is survived by his wife Joan and daughters Debra and Laura.  Pi Gamma Mu expresses its heartfelt sympathy to them and to the society’s volunteers who had the fortuitous opportunity to collaborate with Bailey, were inspired by his commitment and leadership, and mourn the loss of a good friend.

 

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