TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Fort Hays State University President Ed Hammond says he'll retire as the western Kansas school's top administrator at the end of June 2014.
Hammond announced his plans Wednesday. He has been the university's president since 1987 and is now the longest-serving president in the state university system.
Hammond noted that he turns 70 in the spring and said it's time for the university to transition to new leadership.
Kansas Board of Regents Chairman Fred Logan called Hammond an innovator in higher education.
During Hammond's tenure, Fort Hays State formed a Virtual College to offer online courses and began a partnership to offer courses at Chinese universities.
The university's enrollment grew from about 5,700 students when he took over to a record of more than 13,400 this fall.