The wife of former University of Alabama president Guy Bailey has died. A university statement says Jan Tillery-Bailey died Sunday night at a hospital in Birmingham. The 63-year-old Tillery-Bailey had health problems for several years. Tillery-Bailey was the wife of Guy Bailey, who was named president of the University of Alabama but resigned two months later last year citing his wife's illness. The Texas native was a linguistics professor before retiring because of her health in 2008.
Former University of Alabama President Guy Bailey says he resigned because his ill wife would drive herself to meet the social obligations of being a president's wife and that would put her life at risk.
University of Alabama trustees are gathering in Tuscaloosa to discuss a new president following Guy Bailey's resignation after less than two months in office.
Board pro tem Paul Bryant Jr. says members will discuss presidential succession at a meeting on Thursday.
Bailey announced his resignation on Wednesday, saying it was due to the health of wife Jan Tillery-Bailey.
A statement didn't reveal anything about her condition, but a university spokeswoman says Bailey's wife was critically ill over the summer.