The longest-serving chancellor of the University of Alabama System says he plans to retire.
The Tuscaloosa News reported that 65-year-old Malcolm Portera says the time is right for a transition in leadership for the state's largest system of higher education.
Portera spent the past 10 years at the helm of the system that includes campuses in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham and Huntsville.
His career with the University of Alabama and the system spanned more than three decades, during which he worked to create jobs in Alabama through local and global programs and academic
The Tuscaloosa News reports that Portera also was a key player in the economic development efforts, and was heavily involved in the recruitment of Mercedes to Tuscaloosa County in the early 1990s.
Prior to his tenure at UA, Portera was the president of Mississippi State University.
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