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President Richard J. Bailey, Jr., PhD

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Northern President Richard J. Bailey, Jr. and his wife Diana joined the Northern family in October 2016, after a twenty-four year career in the United States Air Force.

Dr. Bailey received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Sciences from the U.S. Air Force Academy, a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Washington University in St. Louis, and a doctorate in Government from Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Dr. Bailey received his commission in the U.S. Air Force in 1992. After completing Undergraduate Pilot Training, he served flying tours in the C-9A, C-141B, and UV-18B aircraft and has been an aircraft commander, instructor pilot, and flight examiner. He retired from the Air Force as a command pilot with over 3,500 flying hours.

After completing his PhD in 2006, Dr. Bailey served as a defense trade analyst at the U.S. State Department. He later served as Chief Air Operations Officer at the NATO Joint Force Command Brunssum in The Netherlands, where he oversaw air operations efforts for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan.

Before assuming the presidency at Northern, Dr. Bailey served as associate professor of strategy and security studies at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. He also served as the school’s first-ever Dean of Students.

In 2014, Dr. Bailey was elected the first President of the Air University Faculty Senate, advising senior leaders on all issues pertinent to the university’s 600+ faculty members. He is the only faculty member in the university’s history to receive both the Faculty Excellence Award, given annually to the highest rated faculty member at the university, and the Muir S. Fairchild Award, for the most outstanding contribution to Air Force Education.

During President Bailey’s tenure at Northern New Mexico College, the institution crafted a Strategic Direction document, revised its faculty handbook for the first time in a decade, completed successful renegotiations of collective bargaining agreements with faculty and staff for the first time since 2008, increased enrollment by over 10%, and nearly doubled its bachelor’s degree graduation rate.  The institution maintains the most affordable tuition and fees of any four-year college in the southwest United States, the third lowest average student debt upon graduation of any four-year college in the country, and the top performing High School Equivalency program in the nation for the second year in a row.

Since 2016, the institution has received numerous multi-million dollar grant awards, including a $2.75M US Department of Education Title V grant, a $1.5M Upward Bound grant, a $1M workforce development agreement with Los Alamos National Laboratory, and numerous awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and many others.

Northern New Mexico College is also the proud recipient of the 2019 Organization of the Year award from the Greater Española Valley Chamber of Commerce and the 2019 New Mexico STEMY award winner as the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Higher Education Institution of the Year.

President Bailey serves as an advisor to the Northern New Mexico College Foundation, and as a board member of the Cancer Foundation for New Mexico, Las Cumbres Community Services, the Air University Board of Visitors and the Española Public Schools Education Foundation.

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Dr. Bailey’s publications and presentations include:

  • 2016 – Strategy: Context and Adaptation from Archidamus to Airpower. Co-editor and contributing author. (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2016). http://www.amazon.com/Strategy-Adaptation-Archidamus-Airpower-Transforming/dp/1682470032
  • 2016 – “Four Dimensions to the Digital Debate: How Should We Think Strategically About Cyberspace and Cyberpower?” Presented at the International Studies Association and the International Security / International Safety Conferences.
  • 2016 – “National Security Strategy: Coping with Complexity.” Keynote Address to the National Security Week Forum, Dadeville AL.
  • 2016 – “Strategic Thinking and Design.” Three-day seminar. Special guest lecturer and educator for the Royal Thai Air Force’s Air War College and senior military leadership (in coordination with the US Embassy). Bangkok, Thailand.
  • 2016 – “Dilating Pupils: The Pedagogy of Cyber Power and the Encouragement of Strategic Thought.” Air and Space Power Journal - Africa & Francophonie, Volume 7 Issue 3, Fall 2016. Presented at the American Political Science Association Teaching and Learning Conference, Jan 2015, and the International Studies Association (ISA) National Conference, Feb 2015. http://www.au.af.mil/au/afri/aspj/apjinternational/aspj_f/article.asp?id=185
  • 2014 – “Cyber Strategy and its Effect on the Future of Airpower.” Presented at the Alabama Political Science Association Annual Conference. Huntingdon College, Montgomery AL.
  • 2013 – “The Power of Information and its Effect on Cyber Strategy.” Presentation to the Consortium for the Advancement of Cyber Thinking and Strategy. Maxwell Air Force Base, Montgomery, AL.
  • 2006 – Integration in the Ranks: Explaining The Effects of Social Pressure and Attitudinal Change on U.S. Military Policy. Doctoral Dissertation. Georgetown University.
  • 2005 – “Interstate Competition in State K-12 Education Policy: A Race to the Top?” Georgetown University. Co-Authored with Dr. Mark Carl Rom. Presented at the Southern Political Science Association Conference.
  • 2005 – “The Push-Pull Phenomenon: Projection and Political Involvement Among Presidential Campaign Donors.” Georgetown University. Poster presented at the American Political Science Association National Conference.
  • 2004 – “Your Vote Counts.” – Published originally for Bolling AFB Newspaper but later published worldwide on Air Force Link website.
  • 2003 – “The Cognitive Science of Deterrence and War-fighting: Towards a More Realistic Military Psychology.” Co-authored with Dr. William Casebeer. Institute for National Security Studies. Presented at the INSS Conference and the American Political Science Association National Conference.
  • 1997 – Master’s thesis, “Against All Odds: The Struggle for Women’s Rights in Latin America,” Washington University in St. Louis
  • 1993 - “Adding Communication to Debate,” - published both in the National Journal of the Speech Communication Association and the first issue of the Western States Parliamentary Debate Association Journal. (Presented the paper at both associations’ conventions).
  • 1992 – “To Heal a Nation.” Book Review. Airpower Journal

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