Guy Bailey is Named President of the University of Alabama
Texas Tech’s loss is the University of Alabama’s gain as Dr. Guy Bailey, who had been serving as the President of Texas Tech University, was named the President of the University of Alabama by the Board of Trustees today in Tuscaloosa. The University of Alabama saw the role of president open when the previous man to hold the position, Dr. Robert Witt, took the promotion to Chancellor of the University of Alabama System. Dr. Bailey, himself an alumnus of the University of Alabama, appeared before the Board of Trustees and a large crowd at the Bryant Conference Center for a public interview session, although it was a foregone conclusion the board had their selection in mind.
Dr. Bailey answered questions regarding the athletics department, research funding, student recruitment, and overall strategic planning for the university. He emphasized his desire to put students first but also to continue the recruiting efforts initiated by Dr. Witt during his tenure. While at Texas Tech, Bailey has led the charge to increase enrollment at the school in Lubbock. He also spoke of maximizing existing and potential revenue streams from auxiliary university services in an effort to counteract the need for tuition increases.
The era of Dr. Witt in Tuscaloosa saw unprecedented growth in both the enrollment numbers on campus and the actual physical presence of the university. Multiple building projects have been launched in the past ten years, and they still continue. By all indications, growth will continue to be an emphasis as the era of Dr. Bailey begins in Tuscaloosa.