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BRISTOL, R.I. (AP) — The president of Roger Williams University has announced that he will step down at the end of the next academic year after eight years on the job.

The board of trustees at the Bristol university on Monday announced the June 2019 retirement of President Donald Farish, and a national search for a new leader.

Trustees plan to spend the next year celebrating what they called Farish’s “transformational tenure.”

Since his hiring in 2011, Farish has made “groundbreaking progress in the crucial areas of community engagement, college affordability and equity” at Roger Williams.

Farish said in a statement that with the university embarking on a new master planning process, the time was good to transition to a new president.

Roger Williams has about 4,000 undergraduates and the state’s only law school.