Thursday, May 3, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) -- Longtime University of Georgia President Michael Adams says he will retire next year.
Adams announced his plans to a gathering of students, faculty and staff at the university chapel on Thursday morning. The 64-year-old has been at the helm of the state's flagship campus for 16 years.
Under Adams' leadership, UGA has climbed in college rankings and national profile. The university's enrollment swelled to 35,000, including the most selective freshman class in its history.
Adams told the crowd that it is the time for him to "step aside and let others continue the work." He said he plans to teach and write at UGA after retirement, along with serving on corporate boards.
He said he made the decision to retire in the last few weeks, declining to give more detail.
(Copyright 2012, The Associated Press)