Purdue University President France Córdova will step down from office next summer after five years leading the school.
Córdova announced the decision Friday afternoon during a news conference on the West Lafayette campus.
"I reflected on the chapters that I have had in my life and the chapters that lay before me. I think of life as a series of chapters," she said, citing an unfinished "bucket list" and other interests to pursue.
"In thinking about the year ahead, I wanted to remain true to my commitment to the trustees and stay for five years. I want to finish as strongly as possible." She will step down mid-July of 2012, she said.