Guy Bailey will become the 15th president of Texas Tech University. System Chancellor Kent Hance made the announcement today (July 24) after a state-mandated 21-day waiting period. Bailey will assume his duties at Texas Tech on Aug. 1.
Hance designated Bailey sole finalist for the position on July 2. He was selected after members of a search advisory committee conducted an extensive nationwide search. Bailey has served as chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City since Jan. 1, 2006. In the University of Missouri system, chancellor is a position equal to president at Texas universities.
“Guy Bailey is the right person to lead Texas Tech University,” said Hance. “He shares our vision for enrollment growth and sees Texas Tech as a place with one of the brightest futures in higher education. I’m excited that he’s joined our team.”
Bailey will be introduced to the Texas Tech and Lubbock communities at a news conference and reception Aug. 4 at Frazier Alumni Pavilion on the Texas Tech campus.
“I am excited to be the next president at Texas Tech University and look forward to this wonderful opportunity,” said Bailey. “Texas Tech is already an excellent university. I will work to improve upon the already strong educational and research programs that are in place.”
At the University of Texas at San Antonio, Bailey doubled the external funding for research while increasing the school’s enrollment by more than 40 percent. At the University of Missouri-Kansas City he oversaw the completion of a $200 million capital campaign and created about $10 million in administrative savings that was put into the core academic mission of the university, including raising salaries to attract and retain faculty. During his tenure, about $175 million in new construction was approved using primarily public/private funding partnerships.
Bailey holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in English linguistics from the University of Tennessee. He is the author of about 100 books and articles.