The chancellor of Vanderbilt University, Nicholas S. Zeppos, will step down from the post on Aug. 15, the school announced Tuesday.
Zeppos is the university’s eighth chancellor and has served in the role for more than a decade.
He plans to take a yearlong sabbatical before returning to the faculty as professor of law.
“I truly love Vanderbilt and serving you has been a privilege. Yet my health is presenting challenges that demand my focus, with the love and support of my family,” Zeppos wrote in a message to the Vanderbilt community April 2. “Passing the torch of leadership of this great university from one chancellor to another is never easy but it is inevitable, and I do so with full confidence that the ninth chancellor will take full advantage of the strong foundation that has been built and chart a path to further greatness with you.”
“Staying true to our mission of teaching, discovery and service has guided my efforts, and with help from a world-class faculty, an extraordinary staff, the best alumni network anywhere, an incredible student body, and a wonderful Board of Trust, we’ve worked hard to make the past decade one of exceptional progress on many fronts,” he continued.
The board voted to appoint Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs Susan R. Wente as interim chancellor beginning Aug. 15. A national search, led by Board of Trust Chairman Bruce R. Evans, will be conducted for Zeppos’ successor.