Salisbury University President Charles Wight will step down from his position at the end of the 2021-22 academic year, effective June 30, according to a video announcement from SU’s President’s Office Thursday.
Wight said family and health reasons were behind the decision.
“This was a difficult decision, and a personal one,” Wight said. “I haven’t made it a secret of the fact that I have some serious health issues, and I need to spend more time taking care of myself than this job allows.”
Wight, who has routinely taught general chemistry courses during his tenure as president, said he will continue at the university as a part-time faculty member in SU’s chemistry department into fall 2022.
The University System of Maryland Board of Regents will conduct a national search for SU’s next president to begin in the position July 1, according to the announcement.
Wight succeeded Janet Dudley-Eshbach as the university’s ninth president, taking office in the summer of 2018. He previously served as president of Weber State University in Utah for five years before arriving at SU.
Updates will be released as more information becomes available on this developing story.
By JAKOB TODD
Featured image courtesy of Salisbury University Public Relations Office.