The University of Central Arkansas recently selected Phillip Bailey for the associate vice president for international engagement role.

In this position, Bailey will lead, manage and develop international programs, along with recruiting international students and developing partnerships with universities across the globe, according to a news release from UCA.

Bailey recently completed a year as the university’s interim associate vice president for international engagement and prior to that has served UCA as a tenured professor of French in the UCA Department of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures and Cultures.

He has also been chairman of the department for more than 16 years.

“In his time as the interim associate vice president, Dr. Bailey has worked with the International Engagement office, as well as faculty and staff across campus, to strengthen and expand partnerships with institutions in Mexico, Southern France and China. In addition, he has led efforts to expand our recruitment efforts across the globe,” Michael Hargis, interim provost and executive vice president, said. “I look forward to seeing Dr. Bailey continue to serve UCA and impact students’ international experiences.”

In Bailey’s 25 years at UCA, he has authored, “Proust's Self-Reader: The Pursuit of Literature as Privileged Communication,” and co-authored several pieces on topics such as foreign language achievement, learning styles and foreign language anxiety.

"I am humbled and thrilled to be given the opportunity to collaborate with faculty, staff, and students to expand and strengthen internationalization in all areas at UCA,” Bailey said, in the release. “I also look forward to facilitating more international collaborations for UCA faculty and staff in areas such as research and professional development. Our efforts support UCA's mission to prepare all students to become global citizens equipped with the requisite knowledge to live and work in global communities.

He said he was confident that under the leadership of UCA President Houston Davis and incoming provost Patricia Poulter, they will prepare all students to follow the school’s slogan, “go here, and go anywhere.”

Bailey earned his bachelor’s in French and humanities from Saint John’s University in Minnesota and both a master’s and doctorate in French from the University of Virginia.