- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The head of the state’s two-year college system is taking a leave of absence to be treated for shingles.

The Alabama Community College System board of trustees on Wednesday granted Chancellor Mark Heinrich’s request for a leave of absence.

The board named Chief of Staff Jimmy Baker to serve as acting chancellor during Heinrich’s absence. Baker has also served as a lobbyist for the two-year college system.

Board vice president Al Thompson said trustees were confident that Baker’s experience would allow him to easily step into the role.

Heinrich requested the leave of absence after suffering several weeks from the illness.

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