Princeton President Shirley Tilghman Will Step Down In June

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After 11 years at the helm of one of the nation’s most prestigious educational institutions, Princeton University President Shirley Tilghman now has her eyes set on the one thing that has eluded her in the last decade: Time.

Tilghman, 66, announced today she will step down as 19th president of the school — where in 2001 she became the first female leader of the Ivy League university — in June.

She said, simply, it was her time to go.

"This job is a wonderful job. There wasn’t a day I didn’t want to have it," Tilghman said in an interview with The Star-Ledger today. "But it is a job that is relentless. My degrees of freedom, as we say in science, were few and far between. I’m really looking forward to what life is like when you have the freedom to choose what you want to do with your time."

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