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Texas Tech President Dr. Guy Bailey has been named the sole finalist for the presidency spot at the University of Alabama, his alma mater.
He became the fifteenth president of Tech back in August of 2008. He is credited with vastly improving recruitment efforts and boosting enrollment numbers in just a few short years.
Texas Tech University Chancellor Kent Hance issued this statement to FOX 34:
"Dr. Bailey has done a remarkable job during his time here at Texas Tech and we hate to lose him. The University of Alabama is his alma mater and it’s hard to say no when your school asks you to come home. 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.
"We will continue to advance towards our goals set in our strategic plan. I have been in contact with the Board of Regents and we will be working to name an interim president soon."
Bailey attended Alabama from 1968 to 1974, earning a B.A. and M.A., major in English.University of Alabama PRESS RELEASE
Texas Tech President Dr. Guy Bailey Will Interview for UA Presidency Next Week
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."