Dr. Mildred Hart Bailey is a former Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Northwestern State. She had served as Chairman of the Department of Education for one year, Head of the Department of Elementary Education for seven years and Director of the Education Resources Information Center’s Reading Resource for eight years. Under Bailey’s direction, Northwestern State initiated its graduate program in Reading in 1966 and awarded its first master’s degree in Reading in Louisiana in 1967. Bailey was inducted into the Long Purple Line in 1998.