Dr. Malcolm Portera's decision to retire as University of Alabama system chancellor could turn down the heat on a family feud between two of the system's three campuses and the central leadership, a state legislator said Monday.
"I see it as a positive first step in us being able to resolve these issues," said state Rep. Phil Williams, who has been leading a fight to separate the University of Alabama in Huntsville from the three-campus system.
Portera, 65, announced Monday that he will step down after a decade as soon as a successor can be found. "The time is right for a transition in leadership for the state's largest system of higher education," Portera said in a statement that thanked the board of trustees for the opportunity to serve.
"We have truly been blessed to have an exceptional staff in the Chancellor's Office and we are supported by a truly outstanding group of campus presidents," Portera said.