University of Kansas Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little announced on Thursday that she will step down next summer.
Gray-Little has led the school since 2009, when she became the first woman and the first African-American to serve as KU chancellor.
In a message to campus students and staff, Gray-Little said she’s proud of the school's accomplishments during her tenure, including the Far Above fundraising campaign, which raised $1.6 billion to help pay for scholarships, faculty and new buildings.
She also mentioned the Central District redevelopment, a major construction project now underway on the Lawrence campus.
Gray-Little says she gave the Kansas Board of Regents a year's notice so they would have plenty of time to recruit her replacement.