Howard Bailey presently holds the position of Vice President for Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he supervises 125 professional and several hundred student employees in nine departments. Prior to this position, he was the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Student Life. He is the primary student advocate for 20,000 students and oversees their general welfare outside the classroom. Howard came to WKU as an undergraduate student and received both his B.A. and M.A. degrees. For the past 40 years, he has worked in the area of college student development where he has assisted thousands of college students in graduating and preparing themselves for the real world. He also sets on many boards and commissions at local, state, and national levels.