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Guy Bailey recognizes that he is coming to lead the University of Missouri-Kansas City in a time of turmoil and hopes it becomes a time of healing.
“It will require some listening on my part,” he said. “I have to establish trust.”
Bailey, the provost and executive vice president at University of Texas–San Antonio, was named the new chancellor of UMKC by the University of Missouri System’s Board of Curators on July 22 at a meeting in Portageville. The new position is effective Jan. 1.
Bailey will be the first chancellor to handle suggestions from a task force created to assess how UMKC can help make Kansas City a top-ranked U.S. city and discussions among people outside the system on a possible UMKC split from the UM System. UM President Elson Floyd and the board have stated they would not support a split. More recently, a suggestion was made for UMKC to have a local governing body, on which neither Floyd nor the Board of Curators have taken any official action.
Bailey comes to UMKC after Martha Gilliland resigned as chancellor in December 2004 amid faculty displeasure, according to earlier reports. Gilliland was followed by interim-chancellor MU Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Stephen Lehmkuhle, who started on May 2 and will continue in this role until Dec. 31.
Bailey, 54, said he is excited about his new job. He has 27 years of experience in higher education, serving as provost and executive vice president at UTSA since 1999.
“UMKC is a terrific opportunity,” said Bailey. “It’s one of the most appealing campuses in the U.S.”
Joe Moore, spokesman for the UM System, described Bailey as having a blend of academic and administrative accomplishments. His experience at UTSA is another benefit.
“Dr. Bailey has worked with an urban campus before and found ways to help the surrounding region reach its potential,” Moore said.
Bailey said that he has focused on improving the quality of campus life in his past years as UTSA and hopes to do the same at UMKC. The new chancellor wants to visit Kansas City frequently in the months before he begins his position to meet faculty and community members.
Bailey will begin at UMKC with an annual base salary of $255,000 and other benefits, such as a vehicle and residence, according to a press release. He will be joined by his wife, Jan Tillery Bailey, an associate professor in the English de-partment at UTSA.
UMKC, part of the UM System since 1963, enrolls roughly 14,300 students.