Ruth Bailey Wesley, Esq.
Executive Assistant to the Chancellor
Ruth Bailey Wesley joined the Southern University Law Center in 2007 as Executive Assistant to the Chancellor. Wesley earned a B.A. degree from Southern University and a J.D. from the Southern University Law Center. While there, she was a published member of the Southern University Law Review and a Teaching Assistant.
As Executive Assistant, Wesley serves as primary policy researcher for the Chancellor to furnish data and facts related to on-going and emerging issues of import to the Law Center and provide confidential, complex policy and administrative support to the Chancellor. She is responsible for the production of a comprehensive annual report, monthly reports that are prepared for the SU Board of Supervisors, and other reports requested by the Chancellor. She chairs search committees for various staff positions, creates and maintains department and employee files, and supervises and evaluates staff in the faculty area. Wesley also serves as Administrator for the Loan Reduction Assistance Program at the Law Center.
Prior to joining the Law Center administration, she was an Administrative Law Judge with the Louisiana Department of Social Services and spent 12 years at the Louisiana Department of Justice as an Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights, General Liability and Gaming Divisions. She has served as Press Secretary and Assistant Press Secretary to the Governor, Executive Director of the Louisiana Black Culture Commission and Director of the Division of Black Culture, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism; Assistant Director, Public Information Bureau, Department of Education; and Researcher/Writer for the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana. She also worked as an intern reporter for the Washington Bureau of the Los Angeles Times.
Wesley has served on numerous State and Local Boards and Commissions including the Louisiana Film and Video Commission, Governor's Task Force For A Talent Bank of Women; East Baton Rouge Parish Democratic Executive Committee; Audubon Girl Scout Council; and the Mayor's Commission on Women. She received the Leadership in Public Service Award from the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Links, Inc. and is listed in Outstanding Young Women of America. She has received the Pioneer Award from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; received the Louisiana Woman of the Year Award from Grambling State University and Alumnae awards from Capitol High School and Southern University. She has received feature coverage in Ebony Magazine.
Wesley is a member of the American Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association Diversity Committee, Ad Hoc member; Baton Rouge Bar Association, Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity, American Inns of Court, Golden Life Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority where she has served as Corresponding Secretary, Social Action Committee Chairman, and Cotillion Chairperson.