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MorganHeadshotwebRetired lieutenant colonel and University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumnus Morgan Bailey ’12 DNP, of Oshkosh, has lived a life of service—both military and civilian.

For his accomplished career as a sailor, soldier, registered nurse and leader, Bailey will be honored with a 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award from the UW Oshkosh Alumni Association as part of Homecoming 2016 in October.

Bailey currently works as a nursing supervisor at the Wisconsin Resource Center, Wisconsin’s only resident psychiatric treatment facility serving both incarcerated males and females. Before that, he served as a health service unit manager at Taycheedah Correctional Institution.

“Correctional healthcare is a unique and challenging area of healthcare delivery,” said Mary Muse, chief nursing officer and state director of nursing for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections. “One of Morgan’s significant and important contributions is the reshaping and restructuring of the health services delivery at Taycheedah. Through Morgan’s leadership, nursing care delivery at Taycheedah saw significant improvement.”

MorganUWOGradwebIn 2012, Bailey was among the first to graduate with a doctorate of nursing practice from UWO. That followed a bachelor’s in nursing from Cardinal Stritch, an MBA from Western International University and a master’s in nursing from UW-Madison.

Bailey’s career in correctional healthcare began following his 2007 retirement from the Army Nurse Corps. He started his military service as a Navy dental assistant and a psychiatric nursing aide. He continued to advance his education and take on more diverse positions of increasing clinical and leadership responsibilities, including serving in some of the most challenging nursing positions. He earned the highly coveted Expert Field Medical Badge, among other high honors.

Since 2009, Bailey has served UW Oshkosh in a variety of ways, including as an instructor in the Accelerated BSN program and a member of the Board of Visitors.

Bailey said UW Oshkosh taught him the importance of “investing in the human capital of today’s youth, for they will be the leaders of tomorrow.”

“The greatness of the University is in its ability to unlock the potential of the students who attend, learn, grow, develop, explore, create and contribute to humanity,” he said.

For more information about the Alumni Awards Celebration on Oct. 21, please contact the UW Oshkosh Alumni Relations Office at (920)-424-3449 or send an email to

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