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Darlyne Bailey Named Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs


Darlyne Bailey

Darlyne Bailey

Arthur Levine, President of Teachers College, Columbia University, announced the appointment of Darlyne Bailey, the Dean of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University as the new Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Teachers College. Levine called the appointment groundbreaking.

"Professor Bailey," he said, "will tie Teachers College into the community and families, not just schools. This is a step that other education schools are likely to follow in the years ahead."

After 13 years with the Mandel School and 7 years as its dean, Bailey wrote a letter of resignation to the Mandel School community, reviewing the achievements of her tenure and expressing her desire to build partnerships between the disciplines of education and social work at Teachers College. She wrote, "Together we have accomplished great things at the Mandel School. Our private funding attainment is the highest in the School's history. We have added three endowed Chairs, bringing the total number of Professorships to eight. We have balanced the budget every year despite diminished enrollments nationally. In fact, we have the largest entering class in several years. Additionally, our research dollars are at an all time high...Ironically, it is partially because of these accomplishments that I know it is time for me to move on. I have been offered a professional challenge to stretch to even greater heights and an opportunity to forge powerful partnerships of two professions committed to improving the quality of life of those we serve. This is also a personal journey that has come full circle. I will return to Harlem, New York, where I was born."

In his letter to the Teachers College community announcing Professor Bailey's deanship and vice presidency, Levine said, "I am thrilled that Dean Bailey is coming to TC. She brings to the College an excellent record of scholarship, teaching, and administration. She exemplifies the College's commitment to education throughout the lifespan, in and out of the classroom, with an emphasis on urban and disadvantaged populations. She is also a terrific person!"

Professor Bailey will assume her duties in the spring of 2002. She was also awarded a full professorship by the Columbia School of Social Work.

Bailey received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Secondary Education from Lafayette College in 1974. She was awarded her Master of Science in Psychiatric Social Work from Columbia University in 1976. In 1981, Bailey received her Certificate of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. In 1988, she received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University's Weatherhead School of Management. Dean Bailey was also a professor at the Weatherhead School of Management and Chair of the Governing Secretariat of the Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations. In 1988, Professor Bailey joined the faculty of the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and in 1998 became dean of the school. Professor Bailey was the first African-American female dean at Case Western Reserve University. She is now the first African-American female Vice President at Teachers College.

One of her recent endeavors included the Mandel Schoool's creation of the "Assessment Initiative." Beginning in 1995 this project received funding from the Cleveland Foundation, the Mandel Associated Foundations and the Codrington Foundation. These grants enabled Dr. Bailey and her faculty to develop and institutionalize an abilities/outcomes-based school wide curriculum. This initiative made the Mandel School the first graduate school of social work in the country to have a measurable, student-centered curriculum. This essentially shifts the focus from what faculty teach to what students actually learn.

One of Dr. Bailey's latest books and an area of continued research is Strategic Alliances Among Health and Human Services Organizations: From Affiliations to Consolidations, co-authored with Kelly McNally Koney (Sage Publications). Her book, Managing Human Resources in the Human Services, co-authored with Felice Davidson and Ellen Nutting, was published by Oxford University Press this year.

Bailey was recently appointed to the City of Cleveland's Bond Accountability Commission, which oversees a multi-million dollar school levy designated for major renovations in the Greater Cleveland School District. She was also appointed to the Cleveland Commission on Economic Partnerships and Inclusion. Its purpose is to insure that Cleveland area employers have an impact on improving the Cleveland Municipal School District. The Commission has five task forces and Bailey was selected as a member of the task force on public education.

Professor Bailey is cited in The International Who's Who of Professionals (1998) and Who's Who in America (The Marquis fifty first Edition). In 1997, she was named a "Woman of Influence" by Crain's Cleveland Business.

Selected as a Salzburg Seminar Fellow in 1996, Professor Bailey joined scholars from 49 other countries for "Focusing on Non-Governmental Organizations: Leadership in a Civil Society." Bailey was a 1994 W. K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow and won the "Outstanding Teacher Award" in 1992 from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

In 2000, Bailey was cited as one of 13 "Rainmakers" by Northern Ohio Live, a magazine for women in business in Northern Ohio. According to Northern Ohio Live, rainmakers are women who "take on huge risks to meet high standards and attain meaningful goals." As the "educational rainmaker," Bailey was quoted as saying, "Expectations attract experiences, so expect the best always! True leaders don't need to have all the answers; they must make certain that the right answers are always on the table."

Bailey is also known as a "bridge builder." In a 1994 article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, when she was named the Dean of the Mandel School, colleagues of Bailey called her management style "inclusive" and "participatory"---a new style of leadership for an academic institution. In a faculty profile of her, the editor of Non Profit Notes, a publication of the Mandel School, wrote that "students are drawn by her energy, her sincere interest in their growth and the compelling challenge she places before them to realize potential." In an interview with Professor Bailey, she said, "I made a promise in 1994 to bring the Mandel School back into the community and now there's virtually no social initiative in the greater Cleveland area that our school is not involved with. We're everywhere. Now, as Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Teachers College, I want to enhance this venerable institution's commitment to social justice, strengthen the public policy agenda for education and get 'the best and the brightest' out into the world to join forces with others to change the quality of the human condition. I see this as my personal mission!"

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