LA JOLLA (CNS) - UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox announced her resignation Tuesday, effective in June 2012.
Fox, who took the top job at UCSD seven years ago, did not give a reason other than to say she will return to teaching chemistry and researching at the school.
The university has begun a search for her successor.
"I consider it a privilege beyond measure to work with so many extraordinary scholars, teachers, scientists, doctors, staff members and students," Fox said. "The university has all of the human and creative resources we need to achieve even greater success in the decades ahead."
Fox has overseen $3.5 billion of construction projects that have added 3.4 million square feet of floor space since her arrival.
In the past year, she presided over the school's 50th anniversary and was awarded a National Medal of Science.
"During her tenure as chancellor at UC San Diego, Marye Anne Fox has added striking breadth and depth to the university's already sterling reputation," said Mark Yudof, the president of the University of California system. "The accomplishments of her service give renewed energy and purpose to the institution, and set a visionary course for the 21st century."
The seventh chancellor at UCSD, she previously held the position at North Carolina State University.
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