The second-in-charge of Alabama's two-year college system -- brought in by Chancellor Freida Hill, who is under fire from the state Board of Education -- resigned this week to accept a job in the Technical College System of Georgia, where he worked with Hill before coming to Alabama in June 2010.
Glenn Deibert, who earns $170,000 as executive vice chancellor of the state's postsecondary system, said today he has accepted a job as interim president of Okefenokee Technical College in Waycross, Ga. His last day will be March 9.
"I love the Georgia Technical College system," Deibert said in a telephone interview this afternoon, adding that his and his wife's relatives live close to Waycross. "I have nothing bad to say about Alabama. This is just about family and going home."
The Alabama Board of Education has been sharply divided in recent weeks over Hill's performance, with the majority of members saying they are dissatisfied. Criticisms of Hill include a lack of communication with the board, a lack of diversity among administrators, a fractured relationship with K-12 education, a poor relationship with the media and low morale in the two-year system.
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