The first woman and the first biologist to lead the Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Thursday that she plans to step down.
Susan Hockfield, 60, said in a statement that she will stay on until a new president takes over. She did not give specifics about her future plans.
"While I expect new intellectual adventures ahead, nothing will compare to the exhilaration of the world-changing accomplishments that we produced together," she said.
During her tenure, the university launched several initiatives, including the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, where scientists and engineers work side by side to find breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. The prestigious school also launched research initiatives into energy, the environment and manufacturing.