Pittsford, N.Y. (WHAM) - After 15 years leading Nazareth College, president Daan Braveman will retire next year.
Braveman made the announcement Thursday in an address to faculty and staff.
Currently serving as the college's ninth president, Braveman will be the longest-serving president in Nazareth's history. He was inaugurated in 2005.
During the address, Braveman said the decision to step down was "extraordinarily difficult."
"A change in leadership is beneficial for an institution," Braveman said. "It creates opportunities for fresh ideas, for new energy, and for heightened levels of excitement. So too, I believe that change is good for individuals, making room for renewal, new experiences, and personal growth."
The college's Board of Trustees and senior staff will launch a national search for the next president shortly. The chosen candidate would be expected to start July 1, 2020.