Dr. James Bailey has been selected as the Kenwood High School principal beginning the 2021-22 school year. Dr. Bailey is replacing Mr. Keith Parker, who will be the new assistant principal for CMCSS K-12 Virtual School.
Dr. Bailey has been the Adult Education and Transition to Work Supervisor for CMCSS since July 2020. Dr. Bailey has over 14 years of administrative experience, serving as the principal of Whites Creek High School in Nashville before joining CMCSS. Under his leadership, Whites Creek experienced a 20 percent increase in the graduation rate. Dr. Bailey was named Principal of the Year for Middle Tennessee in February 2020. During his 17 years with Metro Nashville Public Schools, he also served as assistant principal at Hillsboro and Pearl Cohn high schools and as a teacher at Jere Baxter Middle School.
He earned his doctorate in Administrator Leadership from Walden University, an education specialist degree in Administration and Supervision from Middle Tennessee State University, a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Tennessee State University, and a B.A. in Bible and Theology from American Baptist College.