Professor Chris Higgins, the Vice-Chancellor of Durham University, has announced that he will retire on September 30th.
He will remain as Vice-Chancellor Emeritus until his successor is appointed and a successful handover completed.
He has been in the role for the last seven years.
"I will, of course, be very sad at leaving the University I love, and friends and colleagues I admire. However, the timing is right.
"The University and its Colleges is probably in the best shape it has ever been, academically and financially, providing a strong platform for my successor to take the University and its Colleges to even greater heights.