(March 23, 2011)
Contact: Rick DelaHaya, Centenary News Services, 318.869.5073
College announces new Senior Director of External Relations
SHREVEPORT, La. (Centenary College News Service) — Centenary College of Louisiana has announced the hiring of Matt Bailey as the new Senior Director of External Relations. He assumed his current position March 21.
In his new role, Bailey will lead the Collegeís marketing, community relations and governmental relations outreach programs. He fills a position that has been vacant since December 2007 with the departure of the previous Vice President of Marketing.
Bailey has gained experience in policy and outreach, strategic communications and governmental relations while working as the Economic Development Coordinator to Mayor Cedric B. Glover of Shreveport, and as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu.
"Mattís broad and deep experience with the City of Shreveport and his diverse accomplishments with Senatorís Landrieuís office will enable Centenary College to perform exceptionally well in the coming years," said Scott Rawles, Vice President for Advancement. "His skills and ability make him a perfect addition to our team in a most critical role."
A Louisiana-licensed attorney, Bailey earned a law degree at The George Washington University Law School where he presided over a national student political organization. He is a native of Jena, Louisiana, and graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches with a degree in Political Science. Bailey was honorably discharged from the Louisiana Army National Guard following six years of enlisted service and is a member of the American Legion as well as a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project.
Currently, in his spare time, he serves on the boards of the Northwestern State University Alumni Association, New Leaders Council - Louisiana, and Louisiana Progress.
He and his wife Kristen have one son, Jack, and a cocker spaniel named Teddy.
About Centenary College of Louisiana
Centenary College is a private, four-year arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Founded in 1825, it is the oldest chartered liberal arts college west of the Mississippi River and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Centenary is one of 16 colleges and universities constituting the Associated Colleges of the South and has been recognized as "One of the Best 373 Colleges" by the Princeton Review and one of "America's Best Colleges" and one of "America's Best Private Colleges" by Forbes.com. In 2008 Centenary College celebrated 100 years in Shreveport and Bossier City.