Baker University President Pat Long says she plans to retire in June 2014.
Long told the university's Board of Trustees about her plans on Friday. She has been president of the university in Baldwin City since 2006, when she became the institution's first female president.
The trustees say they will start a national search for her replacement soon.
The Lawrence Journal-World reports the 61-year-old Long said she planned when she was hired to serve as president for five to seven years. She says she wanted to give plenty of advance notice to allow the university time to find the best replacement.
During her tenure, Baker spent $11.3 million renovating and expanding the university's science and mathematics facilities and constructed a new residence hall.