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Steve Wrigley Named Interim Chancellor of the University System of Georgia

The Board of Regents has named Dr. Steve Wrigley interim chancellor of the University System of Georgia (USG). Wrigley has served as executive vice chancellor of administration for the USG since June 2011. He will assume his new role on January 1, 2017, replacing Hank Huckaby who is retiring December 31.

“Ensuring the best, proven and most qualified leader serves as chancellor of the University System is a critical responsibility of the Board of Regents, and we will have a smooth, seamless transition with Steve Wrigley serving as interim chancellor,” said Chairman Kessel Stelling. “Steve has demonstrated proven, trusted leadership throughout his 18 years of service to the University System, clearly acting in the best interest of our institutions, students, faculty and staff. The Board has a full agenda ahead of us, and Hank, Steve and I will begin work immediately on the transition to keep our momentum.”

“I am honored and humbled to serve the University System of Georgia in this new role and appreciate the Board’s confidence in me,” said Wrigley. “Each of our institutions plays a critical role in the University System, and I look forward to working with our faculty and staff in continuing to advance how we serve our students.”

As executive vice chancellor of administration, Wrigley oversees the day-to-day operations of the System’s budget, facilities, Information Technology Services (ITS), human resources, legal affairs and strategic planning units. 

Wrigley formerly served as senior vice president for external affairs, as well as vice president for government relations, for the University of Georgia. He also served as director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Prior to his work in the University System, Wrigley worked in state government in Georgia, including five years as chief of staff to former Governor Zell Miller.   

During his career, Wrigley has worked on a number of key issues, including the creation of the state lottery and the HOPE scholarship, along with campus consolidations within the USG.

Wrigley earned his undergraduate degree from Georgia State University and his doctorate in history from Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

He and his wife, Lynne, have two children and reside in Atlanta and Oconee County.

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