New Student Development Center Director Ready to Hit the Ground Running
By Chris Lechuga
The life of a student at The University of Texas at El Paso usually involves activities outside of the classroom. From participation in student organizations to attending cultural and entertainment events on campus, UTEP strives to offer quality venues for students to spend their free time.
Now, there is a new person in charge of making sure that such activities not only remain on campus, but also grow in size and popularity.
Corey Bailey, the new director of the Student Development Center (SDC) and Women’s Resource Center at UTEP, comes to El Paso by way of Maryland. During his college career as a student at The University of Maryland at College Park, he sought out membership in many organizations.
“I did a lot of self-discovery,” Bailey recalled. “I was very involved both on and off campus.”
Bailey became a member of the Black Student Union, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and other Greek-related organizations. Later in college, he was appointed to a student advisory committee to the university president. He studied special education for his bachelor’s and master’s degrees and aspired to become a teacher.
However, it was during his graduate studies that his focus changed. He took a job working for his mentor as a Greek life counselor, and that led him into a new field: student affairs.
“The next three years changed my life,” Bailey said.
After completing his master’s degree, Bailey landed his first professional job at Towson University in Towson, Md. as a coordinator of student activities. Most recently, he served as the assistant director of student life at Bowie State University.
Having spent most of his college and professional career in Maryland, Bailey and his family decided it was time for a change in scenery. UTEP fulfilled that change.
“Once I got to my interview, I was sold,” Bailey said. “The vibe at UTEP, the people and the challenge of the position sold me on coming.”
Gary Edens, Ed.D., associate vice president of student affairs, said he was excited to bring Bailey on board to lead the SDC and emphasized the importance of the center to facilitate campus events, leadership development and civic engagement.
“Corey brings vast knowledge and experience from his previous institutions and will be sure to have an immediate impact on student life at UTEP,” Edens said.