UConn president to step down in summer 2019

In this file photo from March 2018, UConn President Susan Herbst, right, poses with UConn Athletic Director David Benedict, left, and new men's basketball head coach Dan Hurley after his introduction at the Werth Familiy UConn Basketball Champions Center in Storrs.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
In this file photo from March 2018, UConn President Susan Herbst, right, poses with UConn Athletic Director David Benedict, left, and new men's basketball head coach Dan Hurley after his introduction at the Werth Familiy UConn Basketball Champions Center in Storrs. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

STORRS — UConn President Susan Herbst has announced she will step down after the 2018-19 academic year.

Herbst, who has led the state's flagship university since 2011, did not give a reason for her decision in a message to the university community, only saying she felt it was the "right time for a change."

Herbst, UConn's 15th president, is the first woman to hold the job since the school was founded in 1881.

Her tenure has included major investment in capital improvements at the school, including the $1.5 billion Next Generation UConn and $864 million Bioscience Connecticut initiatives, which funded major construction on the school's campuses and at UConn Health.

Herbst says she plans to return to the classroom as a professor of political science at UConn's Stamford campus.

In this August 2013 file photo University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst talks about the NextGen UConn initiative in her office.  (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
In this August 2013 file photo University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst talks about the NextGen UConn initiative in her office. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
In this August 2015 file photo, UConn President Susan Herbst, left, and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, address a press conference after Herbst got a tour of Electric Boat facilities in Groton and New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)
In this August 2015 file photo, UConn President Susan Herbst, left, and U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, address a press conference after Herbst got a tour of Electric Boat facilities in Groton and New London. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

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