Katherine Johnson has announced that the coming academic year will be her last as president of Pasco-Hernando State College.
Johnson, who joined the school in 2004, told trustees Tuesday of her decision, in order to give the board a year to find her replacement and make the transition to new leadership.
"Many critical projects and initiatives are in progress. I am so proud of college administrators, faculty, staff, students and our many volunteers," Johnson said. "I look forward to working with everyone to meet the college's goals in my final year as president."
During her tenure, Johnson expanded Pasco-Hernando into Spring Hill and Wesley Chapel campuses, and oversaw its transition from a community college to a state college. The school, which is about to begin offering four-year degrees, also has been named among the top 150 colleges in the nation.
Trustees chairman Len Johnson praised Johnson. "Kathy's leadership is inspiring, and she will be greatly missed," he said in a release.
Johnson plans to spend time with her family after her retirement begins in 2015. The trustees are set to begin discussing their president search at their July reorganization meeting.