University System of Georgia chancellor announces retirement plans

By: | January 13, 2021

University System of Georgia Chancellor Steve Wrigley, who oversees the day-to-day operations of the 340,000-student system that includes the state’s largest public colleges and universities, announced he will retire on July 1.

Wrigley’s impending departure comes as the system of 26 colleges and universities works on recent initiatives to increase graduation rates, to offer degrees in subjects to help workers seeking jobs or promotions in high-demand careers and to provide additional mental health services to students.

The system, like all schools nationwide, is grappling with the multitude of ongoing challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. Wrigley has pushed for more in-person learning while many faculty members have unsuccessfully urged the system to allow instructors and students to participate in any courses remotely.

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