Anthony Bailey

Dean, USC Bovard College

Anthony Bailey is the founding dean of USC Bovard College, which supports individuals during key academic and career transitions through online and hybrid programs, including master’s degrees in high-demand fields, and USC Online, which develops, operates and markets online programs across USC.

Bailey and his team have also designed and launched career development initiatives such as Skill Up, as well as pathway and access programs including the International AcademyUSC Pre-College ProgramsBovard Scholars and Pre-Med Academy.  He also oversees USC Summer Programs and the American Language Institute.

In addition, Bailey serves as USC’s vice president for Global and Online Initiatives. He’s tasked with building the USC brand and coordinating recruitment and study abroad efforts worldwide and represents USC in relationships and negotiations with foreign universities, governments, and other institutions abroad. Bailey has oversight responsibility for USC’s international operations, and his team manages the university’s nine overseas offices and the Office of International Services.

He is an associate professor of clinical entrepreneurship at the USC Marshall School of Business and provides strategic advice to firms in the education sector.

Before joining USC, Bailey built Kaplan International Colleges, a chain of 44 schools with operations in 20 countries through organic growth and acquisitions and led Kaplan’s medical and nursing businesses. Prior to Kaplan, Bailey was a group brand manager at the Ford Motor Company, during which time he launched a wholly owned subsidiary in Brazil.

Bailey started his career at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and remains an active scientific diver and instructor and is a member of USC’s Diving Control Board and the American Academy of Underwater Sciences.

Bailey received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science at the University of Miami, his MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, and his doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.