Utah State University President Stanford Cazier says 13 years is long enough to serve at the helm of the state's second-largest university. He announced Monday that he will resign next year.
Cazier, the institution's 12th president, sent a memorandum to university faculty and staff saying that he will resign effective June 30, 1992."I will have had the privilege of serving in this capacity for 13 years, and it is time to allow someone else to have that opportunity," Cazier wrote in a memorandum distributed through the USU campus mail Monday morning.
Commissioner of Higher Education Wm. Rolfe Kerr, who said he'd known of Cazier's intentions for some time, praised the USU president. "He has truly served with distinction and has truly given outstanding leadership to USU. He has been a very popular president both on campus and off," he said.
Cazier, who will be 61 years old Tuesday, plans to take a sabbatical leave during the 1992-93 year and then "return to my first love in academe - teaching history."
A state Board of Regents policy allows state college and university presidents to collect their salaries during a one-year sabbatical following their presidencies.
USU spokesman J.R. Allred said Cazier plans to resume his teaching career at USU. Cazier was a USU history professor and USU provost before he left to become president of California State University at Chico, a position he held from 1971 to 1979.
Cazier is the fifth of the state's nine public-college presidents to announce his retirement or resignation in less than two years. The regents are still interviewing finalists for the University of Utah president's job. U. President Chase N. Peterson announced a year ago that he will retire June 30. Kerr said the regents will select the new U. president by the end of the month.
The regents have also found new presidents for Weber State University, Salt Lake Community College and Snow College.
Kerr said a USU presidential search committee will be organized within two or three weeks to find Cazier's replacement. Chaired by a regent, the committee will include members of the USU Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community leaders.
In his memo, Cazier told the faculty and staff that his presidency had been particularly rewarding because of them.
"Utah State University is a finer university than most people in Utah realize. The taxpayers receive a tremendous return on their investment in this institution," he wrote.