Wallace State Community College mourns the loss of longtime former President Dr. James C. Bailey, who passed away during the early morning hours of Friday, October 18, 2013
Dr. Bailey served as president of Wallace State for 32 years, from 1971 to 2003, retiring on April 30, 2013.
"Wallace State is deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Bailey," said Wallace State President Dr. Vicki Hawsey Karolewics. "We extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family."
Dr. Bailey's career in education spanned 43 years. He got his start teaching at Fairview High School in 1960. When Dr. Ben Johnson was appointed the first president of Wallace State in 1965 - then called Wallace State Trade School -- Bailey joined the faculty as an instructor.
One of the first challenges Dr. Bailey faced as president was preventing Wallace State from becoming a vocational high school, because the trade school had not been an immediate success.
He oversaw the college's initial SACS accreditation. During his tenure, Wallace State became known as a leader in the field of health care education, offering more associate degree allied health programs than any other college in the state. Read more