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Bailey discusses ethical challenges facing universities

Feb. 11, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Judith I. Bailey, president of Western Michigan University will speak about the ethical challenges and societal expectations facing higher education at an upcoming presentation sponsored by WMU's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society.

Bailey will present "University Ethics in the 21st Century" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb.16, in the Putney Lecture Hall of the Fetzer Center.

"As the public's view of the value of higher education changes, and as funding public universities is restructured, managing the modern university means re-examining both the commitment universities make to prospective students, and the way that commitment is communicated," says Bailey.

Her presentation will address how issues of integrity, access and diversity take on new meaning as universities try to provide an educational package that can be viewed as both a private good and a public necessity.

Bailey who began her tenure as the seventh president of the University in June of 2003, has spent her entire professional career in education. She has since served in numerous leadership capacities in higher education as both an educator and administrator.

Bailey came to WMU from Northern Michigan University, where she had served as president since 1997. Prior to assuming her presidency at NMU, Bailey held positions as vice president of academic affairs and provost as well as vice president for research and public service at the University of Maine. Before that, she served in leadership roles in the cooperative extension operations at that university and at the University of the District of Columbia and the University of Maryland.

A native of North Carolina, Bailey earned a bachelor's degree in English from Coker College in Hartsville, S.C. She earned master's and doctoral degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1973 and 1976, respectively. She also attended Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management in 1994 and took part in the institute's 1996 alumni seminar.

WMU's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society was established to encourage and support the research, teaching, and service to the university and community in areas of applied and professional ethics. For more information, call (269) 387-4397.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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