The longtime president of Augusta State University is retiring after nearly two decades at the helm of the east Georgia institution.
William Bloodworth announced Tuesday that he will retire June 30 of next year. Bloodworth said he wants to return to fulltime teaching and scholarship work.
Bloodworth agreed to spend the six months following his presidency working on a history of his time at Augusta State and help the new president transition into the job. He will begin as a fulltime English and American studies professor at the college in January 2013.
He was named president in 1993. He is one of the longest serving presidents in the university system.
The University System of Georgia will conduct a search for his replacement.