I believe I've reviewed every post and tried every option going back several years without success. We used to be able to do this (although even then was a bit of an adventure)
Bottom line: the dialog below looks like my best chance of success -- but where are the users?
Users are in the project, the project has other admins (besides the overall Jira admins).
For any devs at Atlassian -- what is the logic that populates my options here?
At a loss.
I'm an administrator using JIRA v8.11.0 and followed the advice about using Edit Defaults then just type in the Project Lead field until the required name is auto-suggested. Then hit the Update button and the Edit Project Lead and Default Assignee for Project pop-up box disappears to leave me on the Project Lead > User and Roles screen and the Project Lead entry alters to Default Assignee. Refresh the page and I'm back to the original set up and nothing has changed.
Alternatively, if I change the current Project Lead role to unassigned and return to the Edit Project Lead > User and Roles screen the Project Lead entry alters to Default Assignee. On clicking Edit Defaults both the Project Lead and Default Assignee are blank and labelled Select. I type the name of the relevant person and choose from the auto-suggest list, then click Default Assignee and choose Project Lead. This time when I hit Update nothing happens - it remains there and I'm unable to commit the changes.
To change the project lead for the JIRA server, the following works for me.
Project Settings > Users and roles > Edit Defaults (link on upper right-hand side)
Click on the drop-down list under the project lead text box, you will see the old name first, and then start to type the new name in that box, and it will overwrite the old name, so you can change the Project Lead there.
Hope it helps.
None of the suggested solutions worked for me, I'm Project and Jira Admin, and i'm trying to change lead to another project admin, i tried slow typing the name, and also using email, but all i get is a "no matches" sign. I've also tried typing the name of any of the other project users. Even if i try to type the name of the user who is lead right now, it also gives me the "No matches" error.
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