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University of Minnesota Names Darlyne Bailey as First African-American Dean of CEHD


Thursday, May 18, 2006
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University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks and Provost Thomas Sullivan today named Darlyne Bailey the dean of the new College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). Her hiring is subject to Board of Regents approval. Bailey becomes both the first female dean and the first African-American dean of CEHD. She currently serves as vice president for academic affairs and dean of Teachers College, Columbia University. Bailey, a nationally recognized education leader, will 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," Bruininks said. "This is a historic moment at the university."

 

Bailey brings dynamic energy and a profound range of experience and expertise to this new college, Sullivan said. "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," Sullivan said. "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."

 

Bailey will come to lead CEHD as it continues a bold transformation. The college is joining together on July 1 with General College and the College of Human Ecology’s department of family social science and School of Social Work to form a new College of Education and Human Development. The new college is committed to being a world leader in creating and advancing knowledge in the fields of education, family systems, human welfare and human development across the lifespan by conducting rigorous research; identifying and applying creative solutions to the pressing problems of individuals, families, societies and countries in timely, relevant ways; and transmitting knowledge through quality publications and products, teaching and public engagement and the dissemination of research findings.

 

Bailey said she is thrilled and honored to lead this new college. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a unique college that will truly make a difference for countless lives. 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," she said. "The potential for this new multidisciplinary College of Education and Human development is simply enormous."

 

The University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development long been considered among the top public education schools in the country, ranking fifth in the latest U.S. News and World Report survey. Columbia Teacher’s College was ranked second in the same survey among all U.S. colleges, just behind Harvard.  

 

But the 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.

 

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.

 

As vice president for academic affairs and dean of Teachers College, Bailey oversees all of the college’s academic departments and programs, the student ombudsperson, the Gottesman Libraries, the Teachers College Record and the Center for Educational Outreach and Innovation, as well as a number of college/community partnerships. She also chairs several collegewide committees and oversees the offices of Enrollment and Student Services, Faculty Policy and Research, Institutional Studies, Sponsored Programs, Teacher Education Support Services, and Doctoral Studies.

 

At Teachers College, Bailey initiated and oversees what is called the "Teachers College Education Partnership Zone." This partnership is a collaboration among the college, corporations and not-for-profit and faith-based organizations to address the educational needs of elementary school children, their teachers and their families in Harlem, N.Y.

 

In 2000, one Ohio magazine called Bailey a "rainmaker" for her ability to raise funds. Bailey worked to increase endowment and research funds at Case’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. During her tenure at Teachers College, Bailey helped secure a $10.8 million investment in the college’s National Academy for Excellence in Teaching from the Leeds family to provide professional development for high school teachers in low-income communities throughout New York City.

 

Bailey has written numerous articles and her two recent books are "Managing Human Resources in the Human Services" and "Strategic Alliances Among Health and Human Services Organizations: From Affiliations to Consolidations."

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