Keith D. Bailey MSIT Legacy Fund Supporting Student Success

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Pictured above is Keith D. Bailey photo credit: Jason Thrasher/Thrasher Photo

Keith Bailey led his life with kindness and a dedication to connecting with others - a passion that began to grow within him when he earned his master's degree in Instructional Technology.

He was connected to the MSIT on several levels. He was a graduate (MSIT '96), a friend and mentor to many, the husband to an alumnus, and the son of the program's founder, his father, Dr. Harold "Hank" Bailey.

Sadly, the MSIT family lost this treasured member of the MSIT family this past December when Keith passed away from leukemia complications at the much too early age of 50 years old, leaving behind his loving wife of 24 years, Beth (MSIT '01), their son Reed (16), son Cooper (10), and daughter Maggie (10), mother Linda, father Hank, and sister Kim (husband Chris). 

After graduation from the MSIT in 1996, Keith earned his Ph.D. in workforce education training and development from Pennsylvania State University. From that point on, Keith held several leadership positions in the field of online learning in higher education, including Assistant Dean for eLearning at Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture, followed by serving as the Director of the Office of Online Learning at The University of Georgia. His final role was Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning and Dean of WVU Online at West Virginia University. All the while, Keith connected people to their potential and was so proud to be an MSIT alumnus. 

To further connections between Keith and the MSIT family and celebrate Keith's accomplished career, his mother, Linda, and father, Hank, have created the Keith D. Bailey MSIT Legacy Fund Supporting Student Success.

Often, Keith would return to his MSIT roots at BU to participate in the Corporate Advisory Council to share his knowledge and experience with current students to help prepare them for successful careers after graduation. Now we are asking you, our MSIT family, to join us in supporting this initiative and carrying on Keith's legacy of sharing his success with our students.

The funds from this initiative will create countless opportunities for MSIT students for years to come. From funding to help send students to conferences to purchasing much-needed SaaS software and scholarships that will impact students as soon as next semester, this support will provide BU MSIT students with a leading-edge perspective on instructional technology. A perspective and education that keeps graduates of the program in such high demand in our field. This is our chance to strengthen our program and celebrate Keith's kindness and connections to the past, present, and future.

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