BIRMINGHAM — Two top aides to former University of Alabama President Guy Bailey are losing their jobs but will continue to draw a salary for several months, a university system spokeswoman said Friday.
Presidential assistant Mary Larson Diaz and presidential chief of staff Justin Clark came to Tuscaloosa with Bailey from Texas Tech University after he took the job at Alabama.
Their combined salaries were $246,000 annually, with Diaz earning $148,000 and Clark making $98,000.
But both positions were eliminated after Bailey’s unexpected resignation after just two months on the job.
University system spokeswoman Kellee Reinhart said both Diaz and Clark were provided administrative leave with pay for four months.
The school also is still paying Bailey $535,000 a year.
Bailey, who cited his wife’s health in unexpectedly quitting in late October, remains on the university payroll and will be classified as being on “developmental leave” through next August, Reinhart said last week.
A linguistics expert, Bailey was granted tenure as an English professor when he was hired and could return to the university in a teaching position once the leave ends, she said.
System Chancellor Robert Witt has said Bailey would be a “tremendous asset” to the university if he decided to move to the classroom, and that was part of the reason he was given paid leave.
While Bailey’s annual pay package was worth as much as $652,000 including incentives, he will receive only the base salary amount until the leave period ends. Reinhart said Bailey’s salary would drop to a level in line with that of professors if he remained in a teaching role.
A native of Montgomery and a two-time Alabama graduate, Bailey was hired away from the presidency at Texas Tech University in July and took over at Alabama in early September. He quit about two months later, citing the health of his wife, Jan Tillery-Bailey, a two-time cancer survivor.
Bailey has not commented publicly on his departure, and university officials have declined to discuss details behind his decision to quit or his wife’s health.
Judy Bonner, a former provost, replaced Bailey and became the university’s first permanent female president. Reinhart has said her compensation package is identical to Bailey’s.
Bonner, who previously served as interim president before Bailey was hired, is the sister of U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Mobile.Eds
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