Office of the President

Meet President Thomas Bailey


On July 1, 2018, Thomas R. Bailey became the 11th president of Teachers College, Columbia University.  A 30-year Teachers College faculty member, Bailey is the George & Abby O'Neill Professor of Economics and Education, and the founding Director of Teachers College's Community College Research Center (CCRC). He is regarded as one of the nation’s foremost authorities on community colleges.

President’s Message


Open quotesThe really wonderful thing about TC is what goes on when our brilliant people working in education, health and psychology put their heads together. When that happens – and it does, all the time – we get the kind of multi-faceted approaches that offer the best hope for meeting the world’s most complex challenges.Close quotes

News and Views


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How Congress Can Support Community College Students

In a recent op-ed in The Washington Post, President Thomas Bailey and Thomas Brock, Director of the Community College Research Center, outline why modest federal investment would go a long way toward helping community college students to complete their studies and enter the workforce

EdUp Experience Podcast with President Thomas Bailey

Listen Now: President Thomas Bailey Appears on EdUp Experience Podcast to Discuss Essential Issues in Higher Education

The new episode of the series, produced by Elvin R. Freytes (M.A. ’01), features the leader at the helm of Teachers College

Thomas Bailey and Clive Belfield

Preparing for Jobs, Citizenship and Life

Everyone needs an education that combines the technical with the timeless, argue Thomas Bailey and Clive Belfield

Thomas Bailey SOTC 2019

Sounding a Call of “Excellence for All”

In his first State of the College address, Thomas Bailey details plans to more strongly support faculty, students and staff

CAPR’s 2019 conference flyer

Reimagining Developmental Education

President Thomas Bailey to give keynote at Community College Research Center conference

Tom Bailey at Podium

Writing a New Chapter

Inaugurated as TC’s 11th President, Thomas R. Bailey calls for the College to marshal “the power of we” to create paths for all to flourish

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The Pathfinder

TC’s new president has spent his career pondering how to make education enriching for all comers

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