Jimmy Baker has been appointed acting chancellor of the Alabama Community College System.
Baker’s promotion from chief of staff to chancellor is only temporary and comes in the wake of Chancellor Mark Heinrich‘s request for a leave of absence to be treated for shingles.
“My prognosis for a full recovery is yet to be determined and no time frame for my return can currently be medically determined,” Heinrich wrote in the letter Tuesday. “At this time, the combination of the medication therapy and the symptoms of this severe health condition have simply rendered me incapable of performing my duties and responsibilities as chancellor.”
The state’s two-year system’s board of trustees approved the leave request and promotion during a meeting at John C. Calhoun Community College in Tanner on Wednesday.
“During his absence, and through these weeks, there have been so many situations that have come up this week that are too important not to be handled properly by the office of the system,” said board of trustees’ vice president Al Thompson. “We hope this will be short term, but I think it’s very necessary to provide proper leadership.”