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Ayers stepping down as U. of Richmond president

Saturday - 3/1/2014, 3:08am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- University of Richmond President Edward L. Ayers is stepping down in June 2015.

In a letter to the campus released Friday, Ayers said the conclusion of the university's strategic plan next year is a "natural conclusion" to his term as president.

Ayers is a nationally recognized Civil War scholar who took over the presidency at Richmond eight years ago. He said he will continue his scholarly work as a member of the faculty.

Ayers' strategic plan is called "The Richmond Promise." He says the document promotes access and affordability, diversity and inclusion.

The university said it will launch a national search for his successor in the coming academic year.

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