In 1966 Mr. Bagley received his B.A. from Rhodes College. He continued his studies at Washington & Lee University, where he received his J.D. in 1969. That same year he was admitted to the West Virginia State Bar and the Virginia State Bar. He was in the US Navy JAGC from 1969 to 1974. He served as the President of the West Virginia State Bar from 1991-92 and President of the West Virginia Bar Association from 1993-94.