Dr. Hugh Bailey, former President of Valdosta State University, died on Friday, October 5.
Dr. Bailey was instrumental in bringing GHP to the Valdosta Campus and was one of our most avid supporters. It was his wife Joan Bailey who coined the phrase “The Magic Square” in a speech to students in the 1980s. Mrs. Bailey survives her husband, as do his daughters Debra and Laura, both of whom attended GHP.
From the online Valdosta Dailey Times:
The man who led a college to university status, who fielded the school’s first football team, who set the stage with academic programs and structures like the University Center for the Valdosta State University that South Georgia knows today, has passed.
Dr. Hugh C. Bailey died Friday night at South Georgia Medical Center. He had been hospitalized the past couple of weeks. During this past week’s groundbreaking for VSU’s Health Sciences and Business Administration building, participants were asked to applaud loud enough so Hugh Bailey could hear the cheers in his hospital room.
Bailey was 83 years old.
The Governor’s Honors family joins Valdosta State University in mourning his passing.