Texas Tech President Guy Bailey will accept a job at the University of Alabama. He is to be the new UA President.
TTU Chancellor Kent Hance told KCBD, "They called late last night and offered him to be the sole finalist, meaning he will get the job. He thought about it overnight and called me first thing this morning and agreed to accept."
Chancellor Hance will appoint an Interim President during the Board of Regents meeting in August. That person will serve until a new president can be found. The Board will put together a search committee and look nationwide for candidates.
Bailey will continue to serve as Tech's president until Sept. 1. Hance says it could take anywhere from 6 months to a year before they find anyone to take his place.
Bailey interviewed with UA last week, but will be interviewed again by the Board of Trustees on July 11th.
Hance says this move is a natural one for Bailey. "Guy grew up in Alabama, and that's where he went to college and got his masters. He got a chance to go home and that's a big thing for anyone,” said Hance. “He told me this morning he wouldn't have left for any other school but Alabama. I wish him well and he'll do them a great job.”
Bailey has been with TTU since 2008, and during his four years with the university he has helped increase enrollment numbers as well move the school toward tier one status. "Dr. Bailey during his tenure at Tech has played a significant role not only in the university but also in the economic impact in our community,” said John Steinmetz, a TTU Board of Regents member.
Hance also said, "I know that he will do a fine job at Alabama and we all wish him well. We certainly appreciate his service to Texas Tech University."
The following is a statement from the University of Alabama.
President Guy Bailey of Texas Tech University has been invited to interview for the Presidency of The University of Alabama, according to an announcement today by UA System Chancellor Robert E. Witt. Dr. Bailey will be interviewed by the Board of Trustees of The University of Alabama System Wednesday, July 11, in the Bryant Conference Center. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 11 a.m.
An Alabama native and a two-time UA graduate, Dr. Bailey was named president of Texas Tech in 2008. Under his watch, the campus has grown significantly in size and stature, including major new research partnerships with public and private entities. He currently serves on the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of the NCAA as well as the Executive Committee of the Big XII athletic conference and the Board of Trustees of Midwest Research Institute.
Dr. Bailey was previously Chancellor of the University of Missouri-Kansas City (2006-2008) and Provost and Executive Vice President at The University of Texas at San Antonio (1999-2005). He has also served at the University of Nevada, the University of Memphis, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Emory University.
"The Presidential Search Advisory Committee gathered extensive data from faculty, staff, students, alumni and community leaders about the experience and attributes that should define the University's next President," Chancellor Witt said. "As one would expect, the opportunity to lead the Capstone drew tremendous interest from sitting campus presidents across the country."
Dr. Witt said Guy Bailey emerged as the leading candidate by a wide margin: "One of our best and brightest graduates, Guy Bailey knows his alma mater and his home state from top to bottom – and he brings a wealth of national leadership experience that is an impressive match for the selection criteria developed by the Search Committee. I am very pleased that he has agreed to interview with the Board of Trustees next week."
Interim UA President Judy Bonner described Guy Bailey as an outstanding academic leader who has earned a strong national reputation for his achievements in higher education. "Guy Bailey has done an excellent job at Texas Tech, increasing momentum and positioning the campus as a major engine for economic development. We are proud to count him among our graduates and look forward to welcoming him back to campus next week."
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