UA President Guy Bailey Steps Down

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Guy Bailey, President of the University of Alabama, is stepping down from his post.

Bailey was named president of the University in July 2012, and joined the school in September.  He said he is stepping down due to his wife’s health.

“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,” Bailey said in a statement.

Several University officials offered their support, including Paul Bryant, Jr., President Pro Tempore of The University of Alabama Board of Trustees.

“We understand and respect that President Bailey’s priorities at this time must be focused on his wife Jan’s recovery,” said Bryant.  “The Baileys are in our prayers and have our support.  We will address the issue of presidential succession at The University of Alabama in a specially called Board meeting Thursday.”

Bailey is a two-time graduate of The University of Alabama and a native of Montgomery.  He has previously served as President of Texas Tech University from 2008-2012 and chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City from 2005-2008.