Dr. Harold Bailey
Raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and attended the University of New Mexico (UNM) on an athletic scholarship. Received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education (1969); received a fellowship for teachers to complete a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education (1971); received a Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in American Studies from UNM with an emphasis on Education Administration (1975).
Dr. Bailey is the former Executive Director of the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs. He was appointed by former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson in 2003 and served in his Cabinet. Dr. Bailey served in the Administration of Governor Susana Martinez for one year prior to his retirement in 2012. Dr. Bailey is presently serving as President of the Albuquerque NAACP for the second time.
Dr. Bailey is a former UNM faculty and administrator; past Director of UNM’s Afro-American Studies Program; former Chairman of UNM’s Equal Employment Opportunity Committee; past member of the New Mexico Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights and was its State Education Chairman; appointed by former New Mexico Governor Toney Anaya to Chair the first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission; past Chairman of the New Mexico Black Studies Consortium; former National Board Member of the National Council of Black Studies; a certified Diversity Trainer; former President of the Albuquerque NAACP; and a past Special Education Teacher for the Albuquerque Public Schools System. Dr. Bailey was recently elected to the UNM Athletic Hall of Honor.
During his administration, several publications have been developed: A guide book for African American Students called Accelerating African American Student Achievement in New Mexico Public Schools, grades 9-12; African American Health in New Mexico: Social and Economic factors; “Messages to Our Brothers and Sisters (On the Other Side of the Wall)” a collection of inmate essays; Black History; Facts and Information, a guide book for classroom teachers; Black Cinema and Digital Directory; and the Statewide Focus Magazine.
Dr. Bailey firmly believes that it will take a collective strategy, developed in partnership with other groups, to effectively address disparities and inequalities that adversely affect all of us.