UW-Parkside Chancellor John Keating announced Thursday he would retire in August.
Keating has led the campus in Somers for the past 10 years. He made the announcement at UW-Parkside's Spring Convocation breakfast.
"I am very confident in retiring because I know how well positioned this campus is to achieve the next step," Keating said. "And whoever comes here to take the leadership reins, I know you will support that person as you supported me."
UW System Regent and UW-Parkside alumnus Mike Falbo will chair a special committee of regents who will work with Reilly to select the new UW-Parkside chancellor.
“Our challenge is to identify a new campus CEO with the right skills, experience, and drive to keep alive the positive momentum established here during Chancellor Keating’s tenure,” said Falbo.
Since joining UW-Parkside as its fifth chancellor on July 1, 1998, Keating said he developed a strong attachment to the campus and its people.
"I love Parkside. I've worked hard for 10 years here but it's been worth it, every day has been worth it. Not every day has been terrific," he said to appreciative laughter, "but some of the less terrific days have led to even greater expectations and greater success."
Keating added he would devote the remainder of his tenure here to increasing scholarship funding to help the neediest students.