U of Alabama System Names Witt As Chancellor

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The University of Alabama System board of trustees on Monday named UA President Robert Witt to be the next chancellor of the three-campus system.

Witt will replace Malcolm Portera, who announced in January that he would retire after 10 years as chancellor. Witt, who has been president at UA since 2003 and spent 35 years as a faculty member and administrator in the University of Texas system before that, was the sole candidate for the position. One trustee called him "the easy and obvious choice."

"Dr. Witt's qualifications are exactly what we need at this time in our history," Board President Pro-Tem Paul Bryant Jr. said during the meeting. "We know him, he knows us, and we believe he'll make great things happen as chancellor."

Witt was briefly interviewed Monday by board members before being unanimously approved for the appointment. He said he'll begin almost immediately, although a compensation package and official start date haven't been worked out yet.

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