College president; historian; college professor. Born– July 2, 1921, Berry. Parents– Coleman C. and Susie J. (Jenkins) Bailey. Married– Ahleida Joan Seever, November 17, 1962. Children– Two. Education– Howard College, A.B., 1950; University of Alabama, M.A., 1951, Ph.D., 1954. Taught at Howard (which became Samford University in 1965), 1953-1970; served as Dean of Arts and Sciences of Samford, 1970-1975. Vice President for Academic Affairs at Francis Marion College, 1975-1978; president of Valdosta (Ga.) State College, 1978-2002. Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts;  American Council of Learned Societies fellow, 1965-1966; member of the American Academy of Science, Alabama Writers Conclave, Alabama Academy of Science; Pi Gamma Mu, and Lambda Chi Alpha. Awarded status of professor emeritus at Valdosta State on his retirement in 2002. Received the Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History, 1967.  Died October 5, 2012.


Marquis Who’s Who online; Who’s Who in Alabama, Vol. 2; Directory of American Scholars, 6th ed.; Leaders in Education, 5th ed.; Who’s Who in America, 1980.


Americanism vs. Communism. Northport, Ala.; American Southern Pub. Co., 1964.

Edgar Gardner Murphy; Gentle Progressive. Coral Gables, Fla.; University of Florida Press, 1968.

Hinton Rowan Helper; Abolitionist-Racist. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1968.

John William Walker. University, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1964.

Liberalism in the New South. Coral Gables, Fla.; University of Florida Press, 1969.


The library at Valdosta State College holds a collection of materials related to the presidency of Dr. Bailey and his wife Joan.