James Bailey '67
James Bailey is a retired banking executive and a current member of the Board of Directors for the Student Loan Corp. After graduating from BGSU in 1967 with a degree in mathematics, Bailey earned a master’s degree in the same subject from New York University. He quickly found a home at Citibank, where he spent 28 years of his career, notably as executive vice president responsible for managing Citibank’s North American Consumer Bank, and helping to grow its credit card business from one million cards in 1977 to more than 20 million cards in 1990. He retired from Citibank in 2000 but continued to work as a consultant, including leading a team that reviewed and recommended a restructuring of the Bank of China before China entered the World Trade Organization.
From 2003-07 Bailey was chief operating officer of U.S. Trust’s Product Management Group, responsible for product management, operations and technology, private banking, marketing and institutional business. He has served on numerous national boards, along with the Bowling Green State University Board of Trustees and Foundation Board.
He and his wife, Judy, have two daughters and reside in Naples, Fla. They established the Bailey Endowed Professorship in Mathematics and endowed scholarships for students in Arts and Sciences and Education and Human Development at BGSU.