Susan Bailey, SCE Class of 2010
May 7, 2010
Filed in Profiles
“I have come to appreciate Wittenberg’s reputation for educational excellence and consider myself fortunate to have many of its professors, administrators and staff members as neighbors and friends.”
When Susan Bailey took a moment from her busy schedule to reflect on her life’s successes, she noticed one glaring omission – a college degree. Her college career was cut short by an accident when she was younger, and although she had taken classes off and on over the years, she had yet to complete her formal education.
After completing an associate of science, business transfer at Clark State Community College with honors, Bailey was forced to accept that her lifelong dream of earning a bachelor’s degree was extremely important to her. Wittenberg was her first choice for continuing her educational dream and as a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society in Management and Economics, the honoraria’s scholarship discount allowed her to consider Wittenberg.
“Having been active for over 18 years in numerous Wittenberg and Springfield community organizations and events, I have developed a sense of loyalty and pride towards Wittenberg University and Springfield,” Bailey said. “I have come to appreciate Wittenberg’s reputation for educational excellence and consider myself fortunate to have many of its professors, administrators and staff members as neighbors and friends.”
Bailey will complete her Wittenberg education this summer and will graduate with a major in management and a minor in geology.
As a wife, mother of two and active volunteer in the community, Bailey had mastered many life skills that she has found useful as a student, especially in the area of time management. In addition, she had become quite adept at organization and multitasking through previous employment in management with a Fortune 500 company and the family’s Standard bred racing stable.
Her current work as operation manager of her husband’s law firm and in the operation and management of real estate and agricultural properties coupled with the demands of her college course load have required Bailey to call upon all of her acquired skills on a daily basis to maintain balance in her life.
“It is amazing how much work you can get done when you have too,” she said.
However, she readily admits that the demands of working full-time and going to school three-fourths of the time has required tremendous love, support and accommodations from her family, especially her husband, Ed, and her children, Elizabeth and Edward.
“I truly could not have done this without their help on so many levels,” she said. “They have had to put up with a lot, and do without a lot from me during this whole journey. I sincerely appreciate their support and encouragement throughout this whole process.”
Challenged by the need to broaden both her computer and foreign language skills, Bailey also faced numerous life challenges and emergencies outside the classroom.
“Many days my light is on in the law office by 5:30 a.m., and it may not go out until 11:30 p.m.,” she said. “No matter what else is going on, the client is the priority. It’s vital that the clients come first – you build your day around their needs.”
As she begins to recover the time currently spent in the classroom, Bailey said she is considering going to grad school to complete the class requirements for a CPA. She would also like to complete her pilot’s license and will become more involved with elder care issues. She looks forward to re-engaging with her friends and the community service boards and committees she had put on hold when she returned to school.
It’s a safe bet that Bailey will also begin to travel again. She has visited many countries and continents, and she knows those journeys will be much richer with her new knowledge of the world and its people.
Written By: Phyllis Eberts
Photo By: Erin Pence