Eastern Illinois president to retire in 2015

CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — The president of Eastern Illinois University says he'll retire in 2015, stepping down from the post when his contract expires next June.

Bill Perry made his announcement Thursday.

The 68-year-old joined the Charleston university in 2007 after spending more than 30 years working at Texas A&M University.

Perry says in a statement that he'll continue working to "forge opportunities and meet our challenges" while trustees search for a successor.

School officials say they plan to conduct a national search to find a replacement for Perry, which they expect will begin this summer.

Eastern Illinois has about 10,000 students.