Hattiesburg, Miss., April 30, 2013 - William Carey University’s Dr. Frank Baugh, assistant professor of psychology and behavioral medicine, dean of the School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and graduate dean, and Courtney Lauren Daley of Carson, a senior psychology major, are among 68 outstanding faculty and students from 34 Mississippi public and private universities and colleges to receive special recognition from the Mississippi Legislature during the Higher Education Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) program.
Dr. Baugh graduated from William Carey College with a Bachelor of Science in psychology in 1997 before earning his Masters in counseling psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1999. He then earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis in groups and work teams from Texas A&M University in 2004. Dr. Baugh completed a doctoral residency in clinical psychology with an emphasis in behavioral medicine, trauma at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem, Va. Following his residency, he accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in consulting with the Veterans Health Administration National Center for Organization Development, Cincinnati, Ohio, where he provided business consultation services to senior leadership of Veteran Affairs Medical Centers nationwide.
In 2005, Dr. Baugh joined the faculty of WCU as an assistant professor of psychology. He then served as dean, while also serving as the associate dean of academics affairs for the WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) from its inception in 2008 until 2012. Dr. Baugh is a licensed psychologist and certified civil commitment evaluator in the State of Mississippi. In 2010, he completed a Postdoctoral Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) through the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.
Courtney Daley graduated from Prentiss Christian School in 2009 as class valedictorian. She was also named a Star Student, and elected into Prentiss Christian’s Hall of Fame. Since her freshman year at WCU, Daley has received a number of scholarships and awards, and been extremely active on campus. She received four endowed scholarships, was named to the President’s List for four consecutive years, is a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society, and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.
Daley also received the Jenkins - Chastain Citizenship Award at WCU’s 2013 Honors Convocation on April 24. The highest honor given by the university, the Jenkins –Chastain Award recognizes students who have made the most significant contributions to student and campus life in exemplifying those qualities of citizenship upheld by the university. Daley served as a Carey Connection Ambassador, as president of pre-SOMA (Student Osteopathic Medical Association), as senior representative for Student Government Association, and held various officer positions for the Student Foundation Program and Gamma Chi Sorority. She is also very active in the community, serving as an assistant Sunday school teacher at Santee Baptist Church and participating in various community service projects. Daley plans to attend medical school upon graduation.
HEADWAE was established in 1988 by the Mississippi Legislature to recognize outstanding students and faculty in Mississippi’s colleges and universities. The 2012 – 2013 Appreciation Day, hosted by the Legislature in Jackson, was held on February 26. The honorees were welcomed by Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, recognized by both the Mississippi House of Representative and the Senate, and recognized by name at a luncheon attended by institution leaders, corporate sponsors and legislators.