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Jewell names new Athletic Director and Physical Education Department Chair
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
May 20, 2009

Darlene Bailey, Ph.D., Associate Commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference and a member of the William Jewell College class of 1982, has been named Athletic Director and Chair of the Department of Physical Education, Recreation, and Athletics at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. The appointment is effective July 1.

“We are thrilled to have an individual of Dr. Bailey’s caliber to assist us at this pivotal moment in the history of athletics at William Jewell College,” said William Jewell president Dr. David Sallee. “Her solid background in sports administration and in the academic arena will serve the institution well as we continue the process of realigning our athletic affiliation from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics to the National Collegiate Athletic Association.”

Bailey manages the NCAA governance process for the Denver-based WAC’s nine member institutions and works directly with the WAC presidents/chancellors, athletic directors, senior woman administrators and faculty representatives on implementation of the conference’s strategic plan. She is also the primary liaison to the WAC’s women’s basketball, volleyball, softball and tennis coaches. She oversees the championship, compliance, and business operations for the WAC, a process that involves more than 2,500 student athletes.

Prior to being named to the WAC Associate Commissioner’s post in 2006, Bailey served for eight years as Associate Director of Athletics at Missouri State University in Springfield.

“I am happy to be given the opportunity to return to my alma mater to serve in this important role,” Dr. Bailey said. “The College has a long and rich tradition of achievement, both on the playing field and in the classroom. I look forward to being a part of that tradition on a daily basis. The decision to move to the NCAA is exciting. The mission and goals of Division II are consistent with Jewell’s philosophy regarding the integration of intercollegiate athletics within the College as a whole. ”

Bailey is currently on several boards and task forces including the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) Committee on Women’s Athletics and the Women’s Basketball Championship Committee. She was named the 2006 Division I-AA National Administrator of the Year by the NACWAA.

Prior to her tenure at Missouri State, Bailey held various positions at Wichita State University, University of Idaho, Eastern Washington University, University of South Alabama, Ohio University and Chaminade University. She has supervised coaches in more than 20 different men’s and women’s sports and has served as the primary budget officer for intercollegiate athletics at two institutions.

Bailey received a master’s degree in Sports Administration and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration, both from Ohio University. She received her B.A. in history in 1982 from William Jewell, where she served as a part-time Sports Information Director.

William Jewell College has announced plans to pursue a change in affiliation from the Heart of America Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics to the Great Lakes Valley Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II. William Jewell plans to make application by June 1 for membership in NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Other institutions in the Great Lakes Valley include Rockhurst University, Drury University, and Missouri University for Science and Technology in Rolla.

 
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