Condoleezza Rice suggested as next UA Chancellor

Condoleezza Rice suggested as next UA Chancellor

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

An Alabama state lawmaker is launching a campaign to make former U.S Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice the next Chancellor of the University of Alabama System.

"It would be similar to when UAB hired Gene Barton, or the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa hiring Paul Bryant or Nick Saban. It's a world-class hire," Vestavia Hills Rep. Jack Williams said.

Monday, UA Chancellor Mack Portera announced he was stepping down from the job.

Williams says Rice would be a huge impact to the state and UA system with new scholars and money.

"This hire for Condoleezza Rice, it would be excellent for the University of Alabama System, prestige to have some one world renown like Condolezza Rice," Williams said.

The republican lawmaker has yet to hire Rice, who is currently on the staff of Stanford University. Williams hopes to use Rice's long time childhood friend and Birmingham City Councilwoman Carole Smitherman to help recruit Rice for the job.

"I love it. I think it's the greatest thing I've heard in a long time because she is from here. She knows people. She knows politics," Smitherman said.

State Representative John Rogers works at UAB and supports the schools push for an on campus stadium, Rogers says before that he supports Rice he has to have a commitment she will be fair to all three campuses.

"I don't care who it is. They have to be fair and uncompromising in support for UAB and UAH. We can't have a chancellor lobbying totally for the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa," Rogers said.

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