University of Alabama President Guy Bailey stepping down to address wife's health

Guy Bailey (University of Alabama Photo)

The president of the University of Alabama Guy Bailey is stepping down less than four months after taking the job in Tuscaloosa.{}

Bailey cited health concerns of his wife as the reason for the decision.{}

He was chosen as Dr. Robert Witt's replacement on July 11 after UA's Board of Trustees unanimously approved Bailey's hiring.{} Sources close to the university say the board was aware that his wife, Jan, was critically ill during the recruitment process and felt confident in making the hire despite her health problems.

"This is my home. I'm proud to be from Alabama. I'm proud to be from this institution," Bailey said following being named as the university's new president.

Bailey released a statement through the university on Wednesday:

"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 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. 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."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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