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Travis Bailey Named New Department Chair for Military Science and Head of BYU's Army ROTC

The BYU Marriott School of Business dean Brigitte C. Madrian has announced Lieutenant Colonel Travis Bailey as the new department chair for the Department of Military Science and head of BYU’s Army ROTC program effective July 17, 2023.

Profile picture of Travis Bailey in military uniform standing in front of US flag.
LTC Travis Bailey is the new head of BYU Army's ROTC program.
Photo courtesy of Travis Bailey.

“I am excited to serve as chair of the Department of Military Science,” Bailey shares. “It is rare that such an assignment comes along in the Army—to instruct the next generation of officers in the Army at an institution such as BYU.

Bailey earned two bachelor’s degrees, one in criminal justice and the other in Spanish language and literature from Washington State University, as well as a master’s degree in military arts and sciences from the United States Army Command and General Staff College in the School of Advanced Military Studies. He has a distinguished military background and has received several commendations for his leadership and service. He comes to BYU from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he has been an assistant professor at the United States Army Command and General Staff College in the Department of Distance Education.

During his deployments to Iraq, Bailey provided intelligence support to combat units serving in both command and staff positions. In 2008 Bailey deployed as part of a special-purpose detachment providing sensitive technical capabilities to combat units. He ensured his teams were fully integrated with combat forces and prepared to respond quickly to tips given by informants. Because of his leadership and demonstration of duty, honor, and commitment to country, he was awarded the LTG Sidney T. Weinstein Award for Excellence in Military Intelligence in 2009.

“Both BYU and the officers it produces are held in high esteem within the Army. I am deeply honored to be a part of such a great program and look forward to serving with exceptional cadre and cadets,” Bailey says.

The BYU Marriott School of Business aspires to transform the world through Christlike leadership by developing leaders of faith, intellect, and character. Named for benefactors J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott, the school is located at Brigham Young University. BYU Marriott has four graduate and nine undergraduate programs with an enrollment of approximately 3,300 students.