NORMAL (HOI) -- Illinois State University's president announced Friday he will be retiring in 2021.
Larry Dietz is the 19th president of the university and says he will retire effective June 30, 2021.
Dietz has spent more than 50 years in higher education and was appointed to the role of president in March 2014, according to the announcement.
The search for ISU's next president is beginning immediately, Board of Trustees Chair Julie Annette Jones said.
“President Dietz’s remarkable tenure has spanned a half-century of rapid change, success, and challenge for higher education, and his vision and steadfast commitment have been the bedrock of his service. I know the Board of Trustees and the entire University community will join me in offering Dr. Dietz our deepest gratitude and congratulating him on more than five decades of stellar service to the field of higher education. His legacy will be one of enduring quality, leading with authenticity, and serving as a model of civility. We also thank and congratulate his spouse and University First Lady Marlene Dietz for her numerous contributions to the success of Illinois State and the greater community. Her phenomenal Redbird loyalty and far-reaching community support shows that Marlene and Larry make a unique and exceptional team.”Board of Trustees Chair Julie Annette Jones