Bailey left Texas Tech in July of 2012 to become the president of the University of Alabama.
Bailey stepped down from Alabama in October of 2012, saying, “This is a decision my wife Jan and I made together after much discussion about how we can best address her health, which is the most important priority in our lives.”
In September 2013 Jan Tillery died at the age of 63.
The UT System said in a written statement, “He led Texas Tech University, a comprehensive research university with an enrollment of more than 32,000 students, for four years, and was instrumental in leading the university on its successful quest to become eligible for the state’s National Research University Fund.”
“I view this role as the single most exciting educational opportunity in America today,” Bailey said as part of the same written statement.
Most recently Bailey has been a professor of linguistics at the University of Alabama. By law the UT Board of Regents must wait 21 days before finalizing the decision.
UTRGV will accept students starting in 2015.