KU's Hemmenway Steps Down as Chancellor

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) _ After 14 years as chancellor at the University of Kansas, Robert E. Hemenway is retiring next year to teach and write.

Hemenway this morning announced his decision to leave the chancellor's position next June 30.

Hemenway said there is no "good'' time to step down. But he said the university's many recent achievements mean he'll "return to the classroom knowing the University of Kansas is in excellent shape'' and ready for future challenges.

He said he'll take a sabbatical during the next academic year to work on a book about intercollegiate athletics and American values, and will then return to teaching and scholarly research at Kansas.

Kansas Board of Regents Chair Donna Shank said the regents would appoint a committee to begin a national search for Hemenway's successor.
Hemenway said he would stay committed to the university for the next seven months as it works through difficult economic times caused by the state's budget shortfall.

Among other accomplishments cited by the university since hHemenway was named chancellor in 1995 was record enrollment, higher ACT scores and diversity of faculty, students and staff.

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