Stephen K. Bailey
"I get an education so that later in life when I knock on me (rapping on his forehead), somebody answers.”


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A Hiram College graduate in Economics in 1937, Bailey earned BA and MA degrees from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and an MA and PhD from Harvard. He received the Topan Prize for most distinguished thesis on political science from Harvard University. Bailey was assistant professor of government at Wesleyan University, Middletown, from 1946 to 1950 and associate professor to 1954. He served as mayor of Middletown from 1950 to 1952. He then went on to teach at Princeton University for a period of five years before arriving at Syracuse. He joined the Syracuse faculty as a professor of political science in 1959, after five years as professor of public affairs at Princeton.  While there, he directed the graduate program in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He was installed as the fourth dean of the Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1961.

He served as administrative assistant to Senator William Benton in 1951 and was director of "task force one on the executive” for the Connecticut Commission of State Government Organization in 1950.

Bailey was a Fulbright lecturer in American Government at Oxford University in 1957-58 and taught at Harvard, Hiram College and the University of Pennsylvania.

In World War II he served in the U.S. Navy’s Office of Strategic Services on various intelligence missions in the Middle East, Greece, and the Mediterranean. He also served on the first Hoover Commission on U.S. Government Organization.  He was president of the Connecticut Association of Towns and Cities in 1953, elected to the board of directors of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation in 1958, and elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1958.

A recipient of eight honorary degrees, Bailey was an author of numerous articles and books.  He was a charter member and secretary-treasurer of the National Academy of Education, founded in 1965, and in 1967 he was elected by the New York State Legislature to the State Board of Regents.

Bailey served as a Trustee and Honorary Trustee of Hiram College from 1968 until his death in 1982.  He passed away at the age of 65 and is still remembered in political science as a leading thinker in education and government.
Bailey was also asked to deliver the Commencement Address for the class of 1973.

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