Univ. of Ala. names 1st permanent woman president

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 2:27 p.m.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama's board of trustees has named the first permanent woman president in the school's 181-year history.

The board voted Thursday to appoint university Provost Judy L. Bonner. She has previously served as interim president.

Previous President Guy Bailey resigned unexpectedly on Wednesday after less than two months in the job.

Bailey said he was leaving because of the health of wife Jan Tillery-Bailey.

A statement didn't reveal anything about her condition, but a university spokeswoman says Bailey's wife was critically ill over the summer.

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