Faculty News

Donald Bailey to join RTI International

After more than 26 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Donald Bailey, Kenan professor and director of the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, has announced his plans to retire from the University, effective July 1, 2006. He has accepted a distinguished fellow position with RTI International in Research Triangle Park and its Division for Health Services and Social Policy Research.

RTI is an independent research organization whose mission, according to its website, is “to improve the human condition by turning knowledge into practice.”

Bailey has served as institute director since 1992, overseeing the work of 35 investigators and a staff of more than 200 on projects funded primarily through federal grants. In the School of Education, where he has been a tenured full professor, Bailey has advised doctoral students in the early childhood, families and literacy strand of the Ph.D. in Education program.

His research and publications have addressed a variety of issues related to early intervention for children with disabilities and their families, with a particular focus on family support, inclusion, early identification and program evaluation.

A special research emphasis has been children with Fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited form of mental retardation. In 2004, he received the William Rosen Research Award for significant contributions to the field of Fragile X research, presented by the National Fragile X Foundation.

Bailey will retain a formal appointment at FPG and an adjunct appointment as a UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member.

“Don’s leadership, vision and scholarship have enhanced the reputation of the University of North Carolina,” said School of Education Dean Thomas James. “We expect him to remain actively involved with campus colleagues on a number of projects.”