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Marquette president stepping down

Published On: Sep 20 2013 09:56:55 PM CDT   Updated On: Sep 20 2013 09:57:02 PM CDT

MILWAUKEE, Wi.s -

The president of Marquette University is resigning at the end of the fall semester.

The university said Friday that the Rev. Scott Pilarz informed the Board of Trustees of his decision.

Marquette says Pilarz announced his decision now so the university can have a new president in place for next school year. Pilarz will stay on through the fall semester, which ends Dec. 14.

Pilarz says after 10 years as a university president, he wants to pursue new apostolic work as a Jesuit priest. He has been Marquette's president for two years and previously was president of the University of Scranton.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/16N3xpf ) reports Marquette will begin the search for a new president immediately.

Pilarz guided Marquette into a newly reconfigured Big East conference.

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