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Dr. Guy Bailey, UA President, stepping down

Dr. Guy Bailey (Source: WBRC) Dr. Guy Bailey (Source: WBRC)
Dr. Guy Bailey at Texas Tech (Source: KCBD) Dr. Guy Bailey at Texas Tech (Source: KCBD)

Dr. Guy Bailey, President of the University of Alabama, is stepping down. Bailey revealed his decision to focus on his wife's health to the Board of Trustees Wednesday.

Dr. Bailey came to Tuscaloosa at the beginning of the semester from Texas Tech University where he served as president for 5 years.

The University of Alabama will discuss its plans to search for a new president at a called board meeting on Thursday.

The following is a statement from Dr. Guy Bailey:"Today I have notified Chancellor Witt that I am stepping down as President of The University of Alabama. This is a decision my wife Jan and I made together after much discussion about how we can best address her health, which is the most important priority in our lives. By announcing this decision today, I hope the Board of Trustees will be in a position to take the next appropriate steps during its meeting in Tuscaloosa this week. We want to thank the faculty, staff, students, alumni and our many friends for your warm welcome. My family and I appreciate your understanding and your prayers."

Statement from Dr. Robert E. Witt, Chancellor of The University of Alabama System:
"I respect and appreciate President Bailey's decision. His priorities reflect his commitment to both his wife Jan and The University of Alabama. He and Jan will remain in our prayers."

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