Sole Finalist Named for Texas Tech University President

Sole Finalist Named for Texas Tech University President

Guy Bailey has been named the sole finalist for the position of president of Texas Tech University after a meeting today (July 2) of the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents. State law requires that 21 days must pass before final action is taken. Bailey currently is chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, a position he has held since Jan. 1, 2006, and one that is equal to president at Texas universities. He previously served as provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Texas-San Antonio from 1999 through 2005. "Texas Tech University is a unique and special place," Bailey said. "It has one of the brightest futures in American higher education. I am honored to have been selected as sole finalist for its presidency and would consider it a privilege to be a part of that future." Kent Hance, chancellor of the Texas Tech University System, chose Bailey for the job from a group of candidates presented to him by the President Search Committee. "Guy Bailey has an impressive record of accomplishment," Hance said.  "At UTSA, Dr. Bailey was able to double external funding for research while increasing the school's enrollment by more than 40 percent.  I believe he's the right person to lead Texas Tech University." Bailey counts among his major accomplishments at the University of Missouri-Kansas City the completion of a $200 million capital campaign. He also created $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. Bailey succeeds Jon Whitmore who is leaving the university to become president of San Jose State University on Aug. 1. Whitmore became Texas Tech president in 2003. [Editor's Note: For more information about Guy Bailey go to: /posts/2008/07/sole-finalist-named-for-texas-tech-university-president.]