John S. BaileyDr. JOHN STEPHEN BAILEY (USA, Illinois, Elmhusrt b. 1929 / act: Athens)

John Stephen Bailey was born on 11 January 1929 at Elmhurst, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Bailey completed his undergraduate education at Boston University and his graduate work at Northeastern University. He served as a combat infantry officer in the Korean War and was decorated for valor by the United States (Legion of Merit; Bronze Star for Valor; Combat Infantryman Badge), France (Croix de Guerre) and Korea (Military Service Medal). He began his career in education at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. He was appointed Assistant to President Asa Smallidge Knowles in 1959, and served in several executive positions before assuming the Deanship of University College, the largest division of Northeastern, with more than 10,000 students enrolled in degree programs on seven campuses. From this post, Bailey arranged the largest modern art exhibition at Northeastern University, which took place inside the Gymnasium on Huntington Avenue. In 1969 he left Northeastern to become President of Nasson College, a private, independent, co-educational college of arts and sciences in Maine. While at Nasson, he was elected President of the Higher Education Council of Maine, an organization of nearly thirty college presidents representing both private and public institutions. While in Massachusetts, Maine, and Athens, Greece, Bailey served as a member, officer, director, and trustee of numerous cultural, business, educational, civic and military organizations, including The Better Business Bureau of Boston and the Board of Governors of the Copley Society, and was a founder of the Consumer Affairs Foundation, Inc. As President of the Association of American International Colleges and Universities, he had the exceptional opportunity to study, evaluate, and visit more than 15 American-sponsored institutions of higher learning in Europe and the Middle East.

Dr. John S. Bailey served as President of The American College of Greece between 1975-2008. His length of service places him among the longest serving presidents in American higher education worldwide. When Bailey arrived in post-junta Greece, in 1975, the College was financially challenged, under criticism and there was a faculty revolt. Bailey took it upon himself to defend the institution before the Congressional Committee for Representations, an agency concerned with the US international development. He persuaded the committee to save the institution from maladministration and misappropriation. During Bailey's presidency, The American College of Greece, an independent not-for-profit, non-sectarian, co-educational institution, which was founded in Smyrna, Asia Minor in 1875, grew to comprise five divisions: Pierce College (junior and senior high school, fully recognized by the Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs); Junior College and Dereee College (undergraduate divisions); the Graduate School, and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies. ACG was the first institution outside the United States to be accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges - NEASC as an institution of higher education. Its facilities include a 64-acre main campus in Agia Paraskevi, a suburb of Athens, and a downtown campus near the city's center. John S. Bailey has touched the lives of more Greek students than any American educator in the history of Greece. More than 30,000 students have graduated from Pierce College, the Junior College, Deree College, and the Graduate School during his 30-year tenure as President. On 5 June 2008 John S. Bailey, President of The American College of Greece for the past 33 years, was named Chancellor of the College by ACG's Board of Trustees.

ACG Art greatfully acknowledges Dr. John S. Bailey's donation of art from his private collection, with works by the following artists: Alexis Akrithakis (4); Anthimos The Peloponnesian; Wilbur H. Burnham; Yannis Gaïtis (4); Andrea Gasparini; Gérard Haas (4); Ralph J. Menconi; Frosso Michalea (4); James Rosenquist; Vasilis Sambatakos; Steinway & Sons; Takis (8); Nicolaas Visscher; Athos Zacharias; and many works by Anonymous & Unknown artists: i.e. Numismatics (7).

[Megakles Rogakos 01/2010]

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