University of California President Mark Yudof is stepping down from the position he's held for the last five years as head of the prestigious 10-campus system to assume a new job teaching law at UC Berkeley.
Yudof, 68, announced Friday that he will resign Aug. 31 and attributed the decision to "taxing health issues."
"Though these challenges have been largely overcome, I feel it is time to make a change in my professional lifestyle," he said in a statement.
Sherry Lansing, chairwoman of UC's governing Board of Regents, described Yudof as a visionary leader and said she was devastated to lose him in that role. But, she said, it was understandable that he wants to step down, given recent gallbladder problems plus a broken shoulder and chronic bronchitis.