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Interim university leader to resign after budget cut protest

November 20, 2019 GMT

CARROLLTON, Ga. (AP) — The interim president at the University of West Georgia is resigning in December, with the state university system sending another interim leader to replace him until the school gets a new permanent leader.

The University System of Georgia announced Wednesday that Micheal Crafton’s resignation is effective Dec. 16, the end of the fall semester.

Crafton is stepping down after campus protests over possible faculty layoffs because of budget cuts. An unspecified number of professors were told their contracts might not be renewed. The 13,000-student university’s enrollment fell 3.6% this fall, sparking the shortfall.

Crafton will be replaced by Stuart Rayfield, vice chancellor for leadership and institutional development for the University System of Georgia.

Crafton will return to faculty in the spring semester, teaching in West Georgia’s higher education administration program.