David T. Bailey, Knoxville businessman, generous supporter, and dear friend passed away early this morning. He was 90.
Bailey, who lived in Knoxville, is the largest supporter of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. In recognition of his generosity and commitment to the preparation of teachers, The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees voted to name the Graduate School of Education in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences for David T. Bailey at their March meeting. He has provided financial support for the college and scholarships for future educators to help them make a difference in the lives of students in Knoxville and across the state.
Bob Rider, dean of the college said, “His dedication to our teacher education students, and in turn to the thousands of children whose lives they will touch, is beyond reproach. Mr. Bailey’s name will forever be etched on the walls of our graduate school and in the minds and hearts of the many students who will benefit from his philanthropy.”
Bailey is a 1950 alumnus of UT’s Haslam College of Business and played for the Volunteer football and golf teams during his time on Rocky Top. He became a successful business executive and a benefactor to the university and the community.
“The impact of opportunities afforded to students and faculty of our renamed graduate school as a result of Mr. Bailey’s generosity will ripple through their lives and the lives of those with whom they work throughout their careers as educators,” said Susan Benner, associate dean of the college and director of the graduate school.
In 2007, the Claxton Addition wing of the college’s Claxton Education Building was renamed the Jane and David Bailey Education Complex in honor of Bailey and his wife.
Bailey’s consistent education-focused generosity leaves a rich legacy to honor this deserving man. Our thoughts are with his family.