Bay to head College's math and computer science division

Dec. 15, 2010
Contact: Karen B. Eldridge, Director of Communications

Dr. Jeffrey M. Bay, associate professor of statistics at Maryville College, will become chair of the Math and Computer Science Division of Maryville College on Jan. 1, 2011.

In making the announcement to the campus community last week, Dr. Jeff Fager, vice president and dean of the College, said Bay is a “fine scholar and teacher with proven leadership skills.”

“Jeff chaired the College’s Planning and Budget Advisory Committee and the planning committee for our current strategic plan,” the dean said. “He can see the ‘big picture’ and organize groups to achieve important goals.”

As chair, Bay will be responsible for maintaining the high academic standards in the division’s program, evaluating faculty and other staff members, recruiting new faculty in the division, assigning teaching responsibilities, supervising student advising and managing the division’s budgets, among other duties.

Bay joined the faculty in 1997. He earned a doctorate in statistics from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Missouri. His undergraduate degree is from DePauw University, where he majored in mathematics.

He, his wife, Kim Chaney-Bay, and daughters live in Alcoa. They are members of Highland Presbyterian Church. Bay is active in the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO).

Dr. John Nichols, professor of mathematics, has chaired the division since 1999. An alumnus and member of the College’s faculty since 1967, he will continue to teach at the College.

“I wish to thank Dr. John Nichols for his 11 years of service and leadership as chair of the division,” Fager said in the announcement to the campus. “He has done a superb job for our faculty and students in that capacity. I am pleased that he continues on as professor of mathematics.”

Fager added that Bay has been mentored by Nichols and that the two faculty members are committed to a smooth “passing of the baton.”

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.