In October of 2016, Dr. Steve Wrigley was named chancellor of the University System of Georgia by the Board of Regents. As chancellor, Wrigley will oversee the System’s 29 public colleges and universities with a $8.1 billion annual budget and more than 47,000 faculty and staff fulfilling the teaching, research and public service mission to 318,164 students. The Georgia Public Library Service and the Georgia Archives are also part of the University System.
Wrigley has been a trusted leader within the University System for 18 years. Since 2011, he has served as the executive vice chancellor of administration for the University System. In this role, he oversees the day-to-day operations of the System’s budget, facilities, Information Technology Services (ITS), human resources, legal affairs and strategic planning units.
Wrigley formerly served as senior vice president for external affairs, as well as vice president for government relations, for the University of Georgia. He also served as director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Prior to his time in the University System, he worked in state government in Georgia, including five years as chief of staff to former Governor Zell Miller.
During his career, Wrigley has played a hands on role in a number of key issues, including the creation of the state lottery and the HOPE scholarship, along with campus consolidations within the USG.
He earned his undergraduate degree from Georgia State University and his doctorate in history from Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.
He and his wife, Lynne, have two children and reside in Atlanta and Oconee County.