Those efforts have borne fruit with a strong increase in graduation rates and has awarded record numbers of degrees at rates that have outstripped increases in enrollment.
Wrigley also continued previous effort to consolidate the number of colleges and universities and sought to cut administrative costs, with institutions reinvesting savings in expanded course offerings and student services.
“Since assuming his role as chancellor of the University System of Georgia, he has helped our higher education system achieve new heights,” Gov. Brian Kemp said. “More than any time in recent history, it is critical that we maintain a laser focus on educating and training the next generation to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”
Georgia has had two in-state chancellors in a row. Wrigley's predecessor was Hank Huckaby, who had previously been a university administrator, state budget director and state representative. Before that, regents had two decades of chancellors hired from out of state.
Wrigley had been vice chancellor since 2011 when he took over in for Huckaby. Regents moved Wrigley into the top job as interim chancellor in 2016 and then gave him the job permanently in 2017 with the support of then-Gov. Nathan Deal.