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Bailey happy to have made a difference

Outgoing President of the Francis Marion University Alumni Association Craig Bailey is proud to have left his mark on the organization.

The FMU Alumni Association has taken major steps over the past two years to become more streamlined and objective oriented in reaching graduates and providing a more accurate representation of the University’s alumni demographics.

Bailey (‘86) says the Alumni Association is moving in the right direction. He’s looking forward to all that lies ahead. He won’t be the leader of the association board anymore, but he will still be an active alum..

“I want to make sure the Alumni Association is continuing to look for more opportunities to engage with alumni,” Bailey says. “FMU is such a neat place, and it has such a great history.”

During Bailey’s tenure, the association reworked its bylaws in order to clarify the organization’s mission. Bailey and association director Julian Young, among others, always worked to ensure the organization’s board was representative of the University’s alumni and student body diversity.

Bailey says that when he joined the board he “noticed that a lot of the board members looked like me,” he says. “We wanted it to represent what all the alumni of Francis Marion look like.”

Bailey and the Alumni Association have developed a more inclusive board over the past two years, creating what he feels is a more engaged and accessible organization.

It’s no surprise that Bailey jumped into a role leading the alumni association board. As a student at FMU in the 1980s, he was active and involved as anyone on campus. He was a four-year member of the cheerleading team, serving as head cheerleader for two years and was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. While doing all that, he also managed double majored in businesses and economics.

Bailey is the managing broker for Joy Real Estate in Greenville, S.C, where he lives with his wife Kristin and their two daughters, Norah and Lauren.

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