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Darlyne Bailey

Darlyne Bailey speaks at the press conference announcing her appointment as the new dean of the College of Education and Human Development.

Education leader new dean of College of Education and Human Development

Bailey of Columbia University to assume post Oct. 1

May 18, 2006

The University's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) will have a new, nationally recognized leader as it begins a new era.

At a press conference today (May 18), Darlyne Bailey, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the prestigious Teachers College, Columbia University, was named the dean of the University's expanded CEHD, pending approval by the Board of Regents.

If approved, Bailey will become the first female dean and the first African-American dean of CEHD, and will assume the post at an important moment in the college's--and the University's--history. She is scheduled to start on Oct. 1.

"Bringing in Dr. Bailey as the leader of the College of Education and Human Development is a significant step in the University of Minnesota's journey to become one of the top three public research universities in the world," said President Robert Bruininks, who attended the press conference along with Provost Tom Sullivan, other U administrators, several CEHD faculty and staff, and about 200 other enthusiastic onlookers. "I do believe this is a new and exciting chapter in the history of this new college and the history of this University."

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a unique college that will truly make a difference for countless lives," said Bailey.

CEHD has long been considered among the top public education schools in the country, ranking fifth in the latest U.S. News and World Report survey. Teachers College was ranked second in the same survey among all U.S. colleges, just behind Harvard.

But the July 1 integration of CEHD with the University's General College and the College of Human Ecology's Department of Family Social Science and School of Social Work have raised expectations that the college can be an even bigger player on the national education stage.

"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a unique college that will truly make a difference for countless lives," said Bailey. "I look forward to the opportunity to work together with such an extraordinary breadth and depth of talent within the college and across the University. The potential for this new multidisciplinary College of Education and Human Development is simply enormous. This college is unique, and uniquely poised to make a difference."

Bailey's introduction by Bruininks and Sullivan was greeted with a boisterous standing ovation from the crowd packed into the atrium of Burton Hall, CEHD's administrative home. And the University officials were clearly pleased with Bailey's acceptance of the challenge to build an even stronger college.

"She's uniquely suited to lead a college dedicated to developing human potential across the lifespan and to addressing key issues such as educational disparities," said Sullivan. "We're extremely excited to introduce her to the University community--and to the state of Minnesota, where she'll be deeply engaged in partnerships with our schools and other institutions." He also expressed gratitude to current CEHD dean Steve Yussen.

As vice president for academic affairs and dean of Columbia's Teachers College, Bailey currently oversees all of the college's academic departments and programs, as well as a number of college and community alliances.

She also is involved with the "Teachers College Education Partnership Zone"--a collaboration of the college, corporations, and not-for-profit and faith-based organizations that addresses the needs of elementary school children, their teachers, and families in Harlem, N.Y.

In spring 2003, Bailey served as acting president of the Teachers College at Columbia. From 1994 until 2002, she was dean and professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. She earned a master's degree in psychiatric social work from Columbia University and a doctorate in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University.

Bailey has authored numerous articles and book chapters. Her recent books include Managing Human Resources in the Human Services and Strategic Alliances Among Health and Human Services Organizations: From Affiliations to Consolidations.