Delaware Valley College Trustee selected for a post at the Pentagon
Delaware Valley College Trustee and 2013 Commencement speaker Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey has been chosen for a key Marine Corps leadership position at the Pentagon. On June 14, at a ceremony at the Pentagon, he received his third star and was promoted from major general to lieutenant general, the second highest rank in the Marines.
Lt. Gen. Bailey was promoted to deputy commander for Plans, Policies and Operations (PP&O), which serves as a focal point for meeting and collaboration between the Marine Corps, the other branches of the military, and various allied and foreign defense agencies. PP&O also coordinates the development and execution of service plans and policies related to the structure, deployment, and employment of Marine Corps forces in general. He previously served as commanding general, 1st Marine Division.
Several members of the College’s Board, including Board chair Dr. Jim Trainer and campaign chair Michael Moss traveled with College President Dr. Joseph Brosnan, staff members, a current student, and alumni to D.C. to be there for this important occasion.
“We are honored to have a three-star general assisting this institution as we seek to serve veterans and active duty service members with the same level of commitment that they have made to us,” said Dr. Brosnan.
Moss has known Lt. Gen. Bailey for about five years and has become close friends with him during that time.
“He is a man of real character and integrity who believes in helping people make the most out of their abilities,” said Moss. “He’s very interested in the students and in education.”
Lt. Gen. Bailey has two master’s degrees: one in business management and administration from Webster University; the other in national security strategy from the National War College.
His awards include: the Defense Superior Service Medal with bronze oak leaf, Legion of Merit with combat V, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Combat Action Ribbon.
The College is continuing to expand veteran and military services and programs. DelVal is proud to be a Yellow Ribbon School, which means that eligible Post 9/11 veterans and their dependents can attend for free under the GI Bill. The College is also opening the Janet Manion Military and Veterans Center, which will be a one-stop place to meet with staff to get help with applying for funding, socializing with other students who can relate, and more.
“Lt. Gen. Bailey will be an invaluable aid to President Brosnan and the Board as these initiatives at DelVal take root, gain traction, and grow,” said DelVal’s Director of Military and Veteran Affairs Thomas Kennedy.