- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) - The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has reopened its search for a new president after the man selected for the job backed out, citing family health issues.

Greg Summers, the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, was recommended unanimously by the board of trustees on March 5 and approved by the state Board of Higher Education on March 10.

Trustees President Tyler Fairbank says Summers backed out because “his family is dealing with a confluence of health issues … making it impossible for him and his family to relocate.”

The state college in North Adams is seeking a successor to Mary Grant, who left in December after 12 years to serve as chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

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