Gordon “Don” Lee Bailes, PhD

Title: Computer Science Educator
Company: East Tennessee State University
Location: Johnson City, Tennessee, United States

Gordon “Don” Lee Bailes, PhD, Computer Science Educator at East Tennessee State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership.

Dr. Bailes was inspired to pursue education after he had the pleasure of being a student in Frank Holroyd’s high school classroom. After witnessing just how much change a good teacher could make in the life of a student, Dr. Bailes knew he wanted to play that role for future students. He earned a Bachelor of Science from Clemson University in 1968, going on to earn both a Master’s and a PhD from his alma mater in the following years. In 1972, Dr. Bailes began working as an assistant professor of computer science at East Tennessee State University. As he gained more experience, he gradually took on roles of more responsibility within the university. In 1977, he became an associate professor, as well as the chairman of his department. By 1983, he was demonstrating consistent success as a full-time professor and continuing to act as the chairman. In 1996, he became a CSAB Fellow alongside his role as a professor, which are the roles that Dr. Bailes continues to uphold today.

Throughout his career, Dr. Bailes has broken multiple boundaries in the computer science industry. As a testament to his success, East Tennessee State University dedicated the Gordon L. Bailes Seminar Room on campus in his honor in 1996. Some of his greatest accomplishments consist of working on the Computer Science Accreditation Commission of CSAB from 1985 until 2001 and, later, working as the commissioner of the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET from 2001 until 2006. A member of IEEE, Dr. Bailes maintains affiliation with the Association for Computing Machinery and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. In light of his myriad accomplishments, he is featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, as well as the 5th edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, the 1st edition of Who’s Who in the Media and Communication, and the 4th edition of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.

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