MONA HUMPHRIES BAILEY
Mona H. Bailey currently serves as a Senior Associate with the Center for Educational Renewal at the University of Washington and the Institute for Educational Inquiry in Seattle. Additionally, Mona Bailey is an independent consultant in the field of education. From 1998-2000 Mona Bailey served as Head of Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, an independent school for girls, and from 1995-1998 served as the Director of The National Faculty’s Western Region. From 1990 to 1994 Mona Bailey served as Deputy Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools after having served as one of the District’s Assistant Superintendents from 1986 to 1990. From 1974 to 1986 Mrs. Bailey served as the Assistant State Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Washington, appointed by State Superintendent Frank B. Brouillett. Prior to joining the staff of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Mona Bailey served in various positions in the Seattle School District including Middle School Principal, Personnel Administrator, High School Counselor and Science Teacher. She has also taught courses at the University of Washington and Seattle University.
In addition to these local and state leadership roles in education, Ms. Bailey served as the 17th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., an international public service organization of 200,000 members and 900 chapters from August 1979 to August 1983. Recently elected (April, 2002) Ms Bailey serves as the President of the Delta Research and Educational Foundation, the Sorority’s Foundation. In 1990 at the Sorority’s 40th National Convention, Mona Bailey was honored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority with the highest award bestowed upon its members, The Mary Church Terrell Award.
Elected Miss Florida A&M University in her senior year, Mona Bailey received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from FAMU in 1954. She continued her education at Oregon State University where she earned a Master of Science in Science Education. Subsequent to that she pursued the Ph.D. Program in Educational Administration at the University of Washington.
Active within the civic, educational and corporate communities, she currently serves as the Chair of the State Board for the Washington MESA Program (Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement); a member of the several Boards including: Delta Research and Educational Foundation, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., The National Network of Sacred Heart Schools, and the Forest Ridge School; and, an Associate of the Pacific Science Center Foundation. Her previous public service include serving on the National Board of TransAfrica; the Mary McLeod Bethune Memorial Museum Foundation; The American Civil Liberties Union National Advisory Committee; Washington State Vendor Rates Advisory Committee; the Washington State Crime and Delinquency Board; Seattle’s University Preparatory Academy Board of Trustees; Women + Business Board of Directors; Pacific Science Center Board of Trustees; the City of Seattle Advisory Committee for the African American Heritage Museum; Board of Directors for the Washington Special Olympics; In Roads of Puget Sound; Mothers Against Violence; The Northwest Regional Laboratory’s Advisory Committee on the Education Profession and Improving the Outcome of Schooling; and the Pacific Science Center Foundation Advisory Committee.
In October 1999 Mrs. Bailey was selected and honored by Florida A and M University as one of the 100 most influential FAMUANS of the century. On the occasion of the Centennial Anniversary of Florida A&M University in 1987, Mrs. Bailey was one of the one hundred outstanding FAMUANS selected to receive the Centennial Medallion. In 1981 Mrs. Bailey received the Meritorious Achievement Award from Florida A&M University, the highest award bestowed by the University. Mrs. Bailey has been recognized by the Johnson Publishing Company as one of the 100 influential Black Americans; has served as the Honorary Co-Chair for the Annual Black Caucus Weekend in Washington, D.C., and is listed in Who's Who Among Women and Who's Who Among Black Americans. Other awards include the Seattle Benefit Guild's Distinguished Community Service Award in 1981; the Distinguished Achievement National Award in 1976 for Services to Youth by Links, Inc.; and, the Distinguished Services Award in the field of Education Within the Inner City in 1973-74 by the Carnation Company.
Mrs. Bailey and her husband William Peter Bailey have two sons: Major Peter Govan Bailey, United States Air Force; and Christopher Evans Bailey, Founder and CEO of the Seattle-based company, Mindseekers. She and her husband are the proud grandparents of twin grandsons, Tre and Taylor Bailey.
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