Edward H. Hammond announced Wednesday he is retiring as president of Fort Hays State University after holding the position since 1987.
His resignation will be effective June 30, according to the school. He informed the Kansas Board of Regents of his decision in a letter dated Oct. 25.
Hammond, 69, said in the letter that he had discussed his possible retirement with individual regents for some time.
“I know it is in the university’s best interest to begin the transition to new leadership,” he said. “I am also committed to work with the board to ensure a smooth and successful transition.”
The school has an enrollment of 13,441 – 4,767 students on its Hays campus, 5,380 online and 3,294 in China
Hammond has been in education for 48 years, including 27 at FHSU. He said he plans to continue living in Ellis County after retirement.