News from MacMurray College
College promotes new VP for academics
John Bailey, division chair, steps into top academic post.
JACKSONVILLE, IL – John Bailey, chair of the Education Division at MacMurray College, has been appointed Vice President of Academic Affairs at MacMurray.
In his new role, Bailey will be the chief academic officer of the College and is responsible for all aspects of academic affairs — the faculty, curriculum and various services and programs, including the library, athletics, the Learning Center, the College Success Program, Information Technology, and records and registration, including institutional reporting. In addition, he will lead the efforts to foster student retention.
“I am very honored and excited to serve the College as vice president,” said Bailey. “MacMurray College has a great tradition and an outstanding faculty. My goal is to insure that students get the best education possible. I am looking forward to the challenge.”
Previous to arriving at MacMurray in 2008, where, in addition to being the Division chair he has held the post of assistant professor of education, Bailey was director of the Capital Area Career Center in Springfield from 2000 to 2007, the Waverly School District superintendent from 1994 to 2000, assistant principal at Jacksonville High School 1989-94, and was high school principal and guidance counselor at Virginia School District 1987-89. He has also served as an adjunct instructor at Lincoln Land Community College since 1998.
“Vice President Bailey has already shown his leadership talents and skills, effectively engaging people with whom he works and building esprit de corps,” said MacMurray President Colleen Hester. “MacMurray College will benefit from his academic leadership.”
Bailey has presented numerous papers at education conferences and workshops and has served on numerous boards and leadership groups in the state and the region. He has a bachelor’s degree in the Teaching of Geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a master’s in Human Development Counseling from the University of Illinois Springfield and received his Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Administration from Eastern Illinois University.
He lives in Jacksonville with his wife, Debra, a retired science teacher in District 117. They have two children: Courtney, a student organization advisor at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.; and Cailean, an assistant soccer coach at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Bailey takes over the post left vacant when David Fitz took another job close to his family.