USG Chancellor Wrigley retiring

Board of Regents will choose a successor

Steve Wrigley says he is stepping down in July, retiring as Chancellor of the University System of Georgia. Dr. Wrigley, a former administrator at the University of Georgia, became Chancellor in 2017.

From the University System of Georgia…

University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley announced plans today to retire July 1, 2021, after 36 years in public service according to a University System of Georgia press release. Dr. Wrigley has served as the 13th Chancellor of the University System since 2017, overseeing 26 public colleges and universities with a $9.8 billion annual budget, 48,000 faculty and staff and more than 341,000 students.

“It has been a great privilege and honor to serve the citizens of Georgia,” Wrigley said. “During a career in education policy and administration, I have worked with many incredible people and made countless cherished friendships. The mission of the University System of Georgia is essential to our state, the work of its faculty and staff invaluable and the leadership of its presidents and board extraordinary.

“I am grateful to my family and members of the Board of Regents for their support and guidance, and I especially appreciate the support and leadership of Governors Kemp and Deal during my time as Chancellor,” Wrigley added. “Thanks to the vision of Georgia governors and members of the General Assembly over many years, Georgians can be proud of their university system, which is recognized among the best in the nation. As a graduate of this system, it has been a special honor to help students pursue their own dreams.”

During his time as Chancellor, Wrigley focused on three top priorities for USG: make college more affordable, more efficient and ensure more Georgians enter the workforce with a college credential.

Wrigley has been named to Georgia Trend’s list of “100 Most Influential Georgians” for each of the past three years. Leadership Georgia also awarded him its 2019 J.W. Fanning Award, which recognizes contributions in progressive leadership and service on behalf of the state.

The Board is discussing next steps for choosing USG’s next Chancellor.

Tim Bryant

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