Guy Bailey Becomes Texas Tech’s 15th President
July 24, 2008
Bailey will assume his duties at Texas Tech on Aug. 1.
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.