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ACTC honoring Dan Bailey’s 50 years of service

October 3, 2023


Ashland Community and Technical College is proud to honor Dan Bailey, ACTC professor and counselor, for 50 years of service. 


Dan Bailey, originally from Johnson County, Kentucky, has spent most of his time at ACTC in the student services department serving as a counselor. His job has entailed many things over the years, including career planning, student orientations and coordinating the activities of the advising center. He has also spent time in recruitment, from visiting high schools and attending ACTC career fairs throughout the Tri-State, to planning and coordinating student activities. For thirty of his fifty years, Bailey has been an advisor for the Alpha Omega Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. 


“ACTC is so fortunate to have had the fine work and commitment that Dan has provided our students for so many years,” ACTC President, Dr. Ferguson commented. “He epitomizes servant leadership.”


Dan Bailey graduated from Flat Gap High School in 1964. He attended ACTC from the fall of 1964 to the summer of 1966. From there, he transferred to the University of Kentucky where he went on to graduate in the spring of 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. Upon graduating, he returned to Johnson County to teach at Johnson Central High School while he completed his Master of Science degree with UK. He also has earned a Master of Arts degree in Guidance and Counseling, as well as a Master of High Education degree with an emphasis in Guidance counseling from Morehead State University. 


Bailey relocated to Ashland, Kentucky in 1973 where fifty years later, he serves as professor and counselor. He taught three agriculture classes from 1974 into the late 80’s. 


“I have always thought of education as being preparation for life,” Bailey noted. “The most rewarding part of my job has been to promote success in students. My job has allowed me to do this at ACTC, within KCTCS, and with students throughout the United States and from all around the world.”


Bailey described the ACTC work environment as caring, competent, and always striving towards continuous improvement. 


“Of all of the experiences I have been so fortunate to have during my two years as a student and my fifty years as an employee at ACTC, I shall always try to have an attitude of gratitude.” Bailey concluded.