COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 26: Southeastern Conference leadership chairman and president of the Florida Gators Bernie Machen speaks prior to a press conference for the Texas A&M Aggies accepting an invitation to join the Southeastern Conference on September 26, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty Images)
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - University of Florida President Bernie Machen says he'll retire in 2013.
The 68-year-old Machen made the announcement Friday at the UF Board of Trustees meeting in Gainesville. Chairman David Brown said the board would begin a search for the next president this summer, with the goal of finding Machen's successor by next year.
Machen and Brown will agree on a date for him to leave office. He plans to remain at the university as a professor.
Machen became UF's 11th president in 2004. He came to Gainesville from Salt Lake City, where was president of the University of Utah.
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