Wrigley to Retire as Leader of Georgia Public Universities

Jan 12, 2021

The leader of Georgia’s mammoth public university system announced Tuesday that he will retire on July 1. Chancellor Steve Wrigley made the announcement after a regularly scheduled Board of Regents meeting. Regents will have to choose the next chancellor of the system, which has 26 colleges and universities with more than 340,000 students.

FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, Steve Wrigley, chancellor of the University System of Georgia, speaks at the groundbreaking of the Waters College of Health Profession at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Ga. Wrigley announced Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2020, that he will retire on July 1.
Credit Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News via AP, File

Under Wrigley, the system has worked to make sure freshmen make it to their sophomore year and students borrow less to pay for their education. The system has kept tuition flat for three of the past five years. Those efforts have borne fruit with a strong increase in graduation rates and has awarded record numbers of degrees at rates that have outstripped increases in enrollment.