Virginia Tech President Charles Steger announced plans this morning to retire from the university. He plans to remain in the job until his replacement is found by the university’s board of visitors.
Steger has been president of the university since Jan. 7, 2000.
Tech's board of visitors will assemble a search committee immediately, according to a university news release.
“When one is totally absorbed in doing what one loves, 14 years pass in a nanosecond," said Steger in the release. “These years have been the highlight of my career in higher education, and it has been my privilege to serve as president during a period in which we have strengthened our academic programs and expanded our research and outreach programs.
Continuing, Steger said: “As a three-time graduate of this institution, Virginia Tech has afforded me the tools for leadership and personal fulfillment. I have been doubly blessed because I then had the opportunity to spend virtually my entire career in the service of this great university."