Fairleigh Dickinson University President Resigns Due To Illness

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Fairleigh Dickinson University President J. Michael Adams announced his retirement today, acknowledging he is too ill to continue leading the state's largest private university.

Adams, who has been president since 1999, was diagnosed with the blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome. He took a medical leave to have a bone marrow transplant. But the transplant failed to cure the blood disorder and Adams was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, a form of cancer, school officials said.

The president, who has been off campus on medical leave since last fall, sent a note to the campus community today announcing he will step down June 30.

“I have reluctantly concluded that my continuing medical issues make it impossible for me to provide the leadership that you and our students deserve," Adams said.

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