Humboldt State University President, Rollin Richmond, announced his retirement on Wednesday at a California State University Board of Trustee meeting in Long Beach.
"My wife and I are looking forward to spending more time together and also have the opportunity to spend more time with our grandchildren," said Richmond when he spoke to News Channel 3 on the phone Wednesday afternoon.
Richmond will remain in his position until the end of the academic year. He has been serving in the position since 2002 as the sixth president of the University.
Richmond said the Chancellor's office and the Board of Trustees will be able to search for his replacement until he steps down in 2014.
While Richmond has served as President he has overseen several new buildings added to the campus, faced budget cuts, increased tuition and enrolment.
Provost and Vice President of Student Affairs, Robert Snyder, said Richmond has been able to fulfill his vision for the university.
"He wanted to emphasize student research on campus and he wanted to build the campus reputation and stature so we could continue to attract a large amount of students," said Snyder.
Snyder said it is important for the new President to maintain a good relationship with the community, increase diversity and increase student enrollment.
University Senate Vice Chair, Mary Virnoche, said Richmond has done a good job at listening to faculties concerns on campus. She said the University Senate will encourage the board to include them in the search for his replacement.
"In terms of expressing who we are as a campus and what we see ourselves becoming," said Virnoche.
The CSU Board of Trustee's will make the final decision over who takes the position and are expected to visit the campus of Humboldt State next month.